Have you watched the Jumbo Wild film and want to know what the landscape actually looks like? Come with us into this remote corner of the world to see first-hand why this extraordinary wild place needs protecting. #HikeJumboWild

This August, join hiking guide and Patagonia Ambassador, Leah Evans, and biologist, guide and activist Dave Quinn on our first ever multi-day, fully guided hike into the contested Jumbo Valley.

The Trip: We will start our trip with a 5-km hike up to spectacular Jumbo Pass. With 670 meters elevation gain, there will be ample time to stop and enjoy the open meadows, wildflowers, and spectacular views of this classic route. From our basecamp near the Pass, glaciers will be visible in nearly every direction, and we will be perfectly poised for a day hike exploration along the Purcells Divide, with towering, 3000-meter-plus glaciated peaks in all directions. We will get a bird’s eye view of one of BC’s most controversial land-use decisions, as we look down onto the proposed site of the Jumbo City, a 6500-person, 20 ski-lift mega project that was only finally shut down in 2016 after nearly 30 years of strong local and First Nations opposition. From Jumbo Pass we will drop down a well-marked trail into rugged Glacier Creek on the West Kootenay side of the Pass. From there we will explore the upper headwaters of Glacier Creek amidst glacial tarns, meadows, and remote wilderness, camping up high near the toe of the Horseshoe Glacier. An alpine route takes us across the Purcells Divide once again into Upper Leona Creek to another breathtaking high camp, before dropping back down to our vehicle at the trailhead. With luck we will see signs of goat, grizzly, wolverine, moose, mule deer and elk.

This loop takes in spectacular Central Purcells vistas, and gives visitors a solid feel for why so many fought for so long to keep the Jumbo Valley wild.

Photo by Lucas JmieffDates: August 18-23, 2018

Cost: $1700

Guides: Leah Evans, Dave Quinn


Please get in touch with gowild@wildsight.ca for more information and to receive a registration package.

Reserve your spot quickly—this trip will fill up fast.

*All proceeds from the hike will go to Jumbo Wild campaign and to supporting wilderness backpacking trips for local youth.

Header image by Lucas Jmieff.