FAQ

About the property:

How do I get to Back 40 basecamp?

We are located 23 kilometers north of Radium Hot Springs BC or 80 kilometers south of Golden BC on Highway 95. Detailed driving directions will be provided upon registration, including instructions for gate access.

Do I need a 4 x 4 to access Back 40’s basecamp?

No, but vehicles must have good ground clearance. If you have a low-clearance vehicle we will ask that you park at one of our designated parking spots on the property and you can either hike in or we will shuttle you to the basecamp site.

Parking at basecamp is adjacent to the campsite. There is no vehicle access allowed inside the camp or anywhere on our trails.

Is bedding provided?

No. We supply beds with mattresses with protective covers but ask that you bring your own bedding/sleeping bag and pillow.

Do you charge a cleaning fee?

Generally – no. We provide a broom and dustpan (kept in the kitchen shelter) and ask that you do your best to keep the tents reasonably clean. If it looks like you rolled in mud and had a mud-love-in inside one of our tents, we will charge a cleaning fee of a minimum $30.

Damages to the tents or any other property will be billed directly to you.

Is there water?

Non-potable water is provided for washing etc. Drinking water is supplied for our 3-day/3-night programs, but we you must bring your own for the Hike ‘N Sleep program.

What about the “facilities”?

We have the nicest outhouse on the mountain, with a view of the Purcells and Mount Ethelbert for you to contemplate.

We do not have showers.

Do you have firepits and firewood?

Yes, we have two centrally-located firepits and we provide firewood.

In the event of a fire ban, we will advise you prior to your arrival. During a fire ban, our firepits will be removed and fires of any kind are not allowed.

What about cooking facilities?

Our kitchen shelter is supplied with a propane stove and barbeque. You must supply the propane (the small 1-pound bottles) or let us know in advance if you need to purchase some propane from us. We recycle the propane bottles so will ask that you leave the bottle when you depart.

Our kitchen shelter has picnic tables, work surfaces, and a sink with non-potable water for washing up. You must bring all your camping gear with you.

Is smoking allowed?

If ya gotta do it, do it outside. and do it safely. NO OPEN FLAMES OR SMOKING OF ANYTHING INSIDE THE TENTS. Smoking inside the tents will incur a hefty fine for replacement or damages, and you’ll also incur a stern frowny face from us.

Wildfire is a real danger in this part of the world so butts must be extinguished completely and taken home with you. Don’t throw them in the firepit! If you smoke, bring a suitable container with you.

Are pets welcome?

Generally speaking we are a pet-friendly accommodation (and have two dogs of our own on the property) but your pet must be under control at all times. We have a plethora of wildlife on the property, including bears. Off-leash dogs can provoke bear interactions (just ask our dog Roxy!)

Make sure to keep your pet off the beds. Paw prints are a bummer to try to get out of the mattress protectors. We know you’ll do your best, but if you and your pet leave the tent(s)/bed(s) in wretched shape after your stay, we will charge an additional cleaning fee of a minimum $30.

If you are participating in one of our 3-day/3-night programs we ask that you leave your pet at home so you can enjoy the program to the fullest.

What about bear (and wildlife) safety?

All of our 3-day/3-night programs include a wildlife safety overview and you will be briefed on methods to keep yourself and your companions safe while on the trails.

If you want to get a jump-start on learning about bear safety, check out BC Parks’ and WildSafe BC’s websites:

http://bcparks.ca/explore/misc/bears/

https://wildsafebc.com/black-bear/

To practice bear/wildlife safety in camp we:

  • supply bear-proof storage lockers and/or a bear hang for food/cooking supplies/cosmetics
  • prohibit ANY food to be eaten or stored inside the tents
  • ask that you store garbage safely in the bear lockers and pack it out with you when you leave
  • ask that you do not burn any garbage in the firepits (bears can still smell it)

About the programs:

How fit do I have to be to participate in the programs?

We are all about you gaining confidence, so there is no “hard and fast” here. We will structure the hikes and other activities to suit the group’s fitness and experience levels, but you should be able to hike 5km with a 10-pound pack. We recommend you check with your doctor before participating in our programs.

I am gluten intolerant/vegan/vegetarian – can you accommodate my food requirements during the programs?

We are happy to work with you to tailor the menu to suit food requirements – just let us know in advance.

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