Sweet article on Nelsons riding…

by Leah on June 3, 2015

Check out this article to see & read some great reviews on Nelson’s mountain bike community!

97_In Search of Alpine Gold

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Ode to Carlyle

by Leah on August 3, 2014

” To be this free is the ultimate gift of life”

I Follow the 1890s horse mining trail up the mountain from the historic town of Sandon, B.C.  I wind my way up the valley, passing lush avalanche paths and into the scrubby forest until I pop out a hour later into the alpine. A path a has been cut through the moraine and boulders to crest at Carpenter pass. I gaze into the Carlyle basin in awe of what sights lay before me. A gentle descent rolls down into the basin. Rich stream filled meadows are filled with wildflowers of all hues. Gnarled but majestic larches span out across the sunny south facing slopes.  Peaks raise to the east and west with stunning views of the Kokanee glacier to the south. Streamside strolling for a couple hundred feet gets me with sight of the lodge. A green tin roof nestled perfectly within this paradise. Upon entering this rustic lodge I discover it is large and cozy, sleeping twelve with a living room, full kitchen and inside toilet.

The next few days are spent exploring this magical landscape.  Mount Carlyle can be reached within two hours by traversing this unique larch and wildflower meadow. Streams carve their way down in all directions, disappearing under the earth to bubble out in waterfalls further down.

Misty Peak towers to the west of the lodge and makes for an interesting jaunt up the south ridge to boulder hop to the top. From the peak the views of the Valhalla and Purcell mountain ranges are stunning.

For the more adventurous and energised there are longer day trips to surrounding lakes and even remote camp caches if you want to spend the night under the stars.

Carlyle lodge sits right in the middle of this stunning landscape. Allowing one to have a comfortable base for a group to eat, sleep, cook and relax. Explore the mountains flora and fauna by day, watch the sunrise and set, star gaze from the sauna deck and find your soul totally at ease.

 

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Mountain Bike Season has arrived!

by Leah on May 8, 2014

Biking Season in the Kootenay has arrived. Trails are open and in prime condition. Footsteps Shuttle van is available all season for custom shuttle charters full or half day. We offer guided cross country tours and weekly DH shuttles from Nelson. See the website calendar for updates or check us out on twitter and facebook!

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Trip Advisor reviews..

by Leah on April 18, 2014

“Skateboard Bachelor Party”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 18 November 2013

Footsteps Eco Adventures took us on one great skatepark adventure through the Kootenays. Had an excellent trip and made it to all our destinations with no problems, even involving all our bachelor party shenanigans. Thanks leah for the stories shared and created, the laughs and the awesome tour through the Kootz!

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Mt. Carlyle Summer Hike

by Leah on July 9, 2013

Carlyle BackcountryHikingMt. Carlyle Backcountry Lodge Seeking Adventure this summer? Embark on the Sourdough Traverse! Hike and explore the beautiful Kootenay Mountains with us. New this year is we are offering a 4 day, 2 night backcountry adventure through the Selkirk mountains to end up at Mount Carlyle Backcountry Lodge. The great thing about this hike is you only need your day pack for the whole trek. There will be a stash of tents and cooking gear nestled in the mountains to await you. Sleep under the stars and wake with the sun. The third night you will arrive at Mount Carlyle Lodge. A mountain paradise with all the amenities where you will get to sleep in a cozy bed, have a well deserved sauna and totally relax! The next days you are free to explore your surroundings before we hike out to a vehicle that will shuttle you back to your vehicles at the start of the hike.

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