Pack em Up, Ride em Out

Classic Horse Pack Trips in British Columbia and Alberta

By Tania Millen

Categories: Travel & Outdoors
Imprint: Caitlin Press
Paperback : 9781927575727, March 2015


When Tania Millen began doing horse pack trips in western Canada, she had trouble deciding where to go - not because there were so many options, but because information was so hard to come by. Riding the trails was the only way she could gain information about particular routes, and she is now sharing her knowledge with readers and riders. Millen provides information on fourteen multi-day horse pack trips that will take experienced backcountry riders, inspired novice riders and avid hikers from the snow-capped mountains and flower-strewn meadows of the Chilcotin to volcanic landforms in Tweedsmuir Park and on the Spatsizi Plateau, from the familiar sights of Banff and Jasper National Parks to the less familiar Rocky Mountain parks of Kakwa and Mount Assiniboine. In this unique and well-researched guidebook, Millen includes all the details necessary to plan a successful trip: directions to the trailhead, length and difficulty of each journey, permit requirements, camping and grazing areas, trip description, maps and photographs, plus historical anecdotes for these distinctive and stunningly beautiful areas in Western Canada's wilderness.


“The no-nonsense essential, practical, and fascinating information is a must-have for anyone wanting to really experience a well-planned trip into backcountry.”


“As you leaf through Tania Millen’s guide to the backcountry of Western Canada, you might feel as though you’re turning the pages of a private journal. In many ways you are. Millen has logged hundreds of hours in the saddle and on the trail as she’s built this guide, which provides inside information on the best routes, campsites, seasons, trail conditions, and permit requirements. There’s no better source of intelligence on some of the most remote and astonishingly beautiful places on earth than here, and no better way to experience these places than on the back of a dependable horse.”

–Andrew McKean, Editor-in-Chief, Outdoor Life magazine

“Planning to hit the trail with the pack string this summer? Take this book. Not only is it a good read, but it will save you a whole lot of thrashing. If you are new to packing, you’ll find an excellent grounding in tested technique. If you are an experienced packer, you’ll find both familiar trails and your next route too, all laid out in prose as clear as good mountain water. I wish I’d had it thirty years ago–the resource section alone is worth the price.”

–Wayne Sawchuk, fellow international of the Explorers Club of New York, fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society