Advanced Horseback wilderness mentor guide
Expand your wilderness mentor guide skills
Are you looking for an experience that allows you to disconnect from city life and reconnect to nature?
Completion of either our 1 week or 2 week Horseback Wilderness Mentor Guide Program, or an equivalent level of training in horse and wilderness skills.
Our advanced wilderness mentor guide training focuses on the skills and advanced back-country experience that are mandatory for leading high level experiences as a horseback guide. While at the ranch, build your knowledge of wildlife and plant species, and learn how to address the unique challenges that different seasons and habitats present. Then put your advanced wilderness skills to the test as you journey with experienced instructors into remote wilderness locations. By riding off-trail and spike camping in the back-country, you’ll gain the awareness, navigational proficiency and horsemanship skills that are essential for all high level mountain guides. This will also provide new challenges that push you out of your comfort zone and allow you to experience a transformational journey.
Site selection and construction for spike camps in remote backcountry
Horse-care in extreme environments and conditions
How to prepare and continually adapt to the challenges of each unique season and habitat
Wildlife identification and tracking
Plant species identification and practical uses
Bushcraft and wilderness survival skills
Wilderness navigation by reading the land and using landmarks and blazes
How to plan for and lead complex wilderness experiences in increasingly remote environments
Advanced training for bear and cougar safety
How to adhere to the regulations of each specific park and territory
Firearm safety and use
Advanced management of trips and staff
Exposure to more of our Three Pillar philosophy to enhance your personal growth
Our Advanced Wilderness Mentor Horseback Guide School takes your wilderness skills and knowledge base to the next level – one that empowers you to venture further into the wilderness and lead high level nature tours. This advanced program begins with hands-on training at our ranch, and then continues with instruction and application in remote backcountry.
3 steps to your unforgettable training program
Talk with one of our mentor guides
You'll discuss the details & goals of your adventure
enjoy your wilderness adventure with us!
Leave the chaos of city life behind as you reconnect with nature and yourself
Closer to Nature and Your Full Potential
As you grow your proficiency and knowledge during this program, the scope of wilderness guide jobs available to you expands. Upon graduation, you’ll have the experience to be a horseback guide for wildlife viewing tours, spike camping trips and other adventures that require great competency in the remote back-country allowing you to mentor guests on their own transformational journeys.
The ultimate goal of our Advanced Horseback Wilderness Mentor Guide program is to provide you with a greater understanding of the land and to bring you closer to nature. As we prepare you to lead a high level wilderness experience, you’ll naturally become more attuned to your surroundings and to the rhythms of each new environment. This high level of situational awareness in nature is pivotal to your safety and success, regardless of which wilderness guide jobs you are pursuing.
As our guide students become more attuned to nature, we’ve found that their personal development reaches new heights as well. Learning how to live close to nature and adapt to the harsh realities of the wilderness draws out confidence, determination and problem-solving skills. The high risks of the remote wilderness and the small margin for error that each horseback guide deals with further instills the ability to lead with confidence and take decisive actions, more than any theoretical leadership training ever could. And with the confidence and skills you develop during our wilderness guide training, you’ll live out the defining characteristics of true mountain guides: an enthusiasm for exploring remote backcountry, a commitment to learning from nature, and a passion for sharing the heart of the wilderness with as many people as possible.
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