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Guiding, riding and coaching in the spectacular Rocky Mountains

                                                                                                           Women’s DH Mountain Bike Camp

Are you new to the sport of downhill mountain biking and want to gain some new skills and ride technical trails with confidence? Or maybe you’ve been
riding for a few years and are ready to take it to the next level? Whatever your riding abilities, our certified, experience mountain bike coaches have the
skills and knowhow to help you get to the next level, in the company of other adventurous women. This camp features 5 days of riding and coaching on
the DH trails of Fernie and Fernie Alpine Resort, along with 2 rest/other activities days and 2 travel days. Accommodation and breakfasts & lunches
are included in this amazing week of riding!

Your coaches for this incredible week of riding are Johanna Weintrager, who has been leading mountain bike camps for several years, and Danika
Schroeter, former national DH champ.

Ride Guide: 100% off-road, featuring DH singletrack with a mixture of rocky, rooty rides, and low to medium-level stunts (up to 4 feet high). Suited to
intermediate to advanced bikers with a moderate level of fitness who want to improve their technical bike handling skills. 2 coaches are included.
Average 5-7 hours of coaching/riding per day.

                                                                                                   7 nights accommodation at our lodge
Itinerary                                                                                          Delicious, healthy breakfasts and lunches prepared by our chef
                                                                                                   Lift passes at Fernie Alpine Resort.
Day 1 (Friday). Arrive Calgary/Fernie                                                              Additional activities such as swimming, hotsprings and visits to local
Your guide will meet you at                                                                         lakes.
Calgary Airport at 4:00 pm (at the                                                                 Morning yoga
information desk on arrivals level)
and drive the group to our lodge in
Fernie. This is our base for the                                                        Services not included
week Tonight we’ll dine in one of                                                                  Airport transfers to/from Calgary
Fernie’s excellent restaurants.                                                                    Travel Insurance
Note: dinners are not included in                                                                  Tips for local staff, miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks, souvenirs
the tour price.                                                                                     etc.
                                                                                                   Dinners are not included (our lodge has a full kitchen and is available
Days      2-4   (Saturday-                                                                          for use if you want to cook your own dinners; in addition there are lots
Monday).              Skills                                                                        of great restaurants in Fernie)
development and trail riding
in Fernie                                                                               Spending money
Our first 3 days will be spent                                                          Approximately $100 Cdn to cover the meals not included. If you intend to buy
working on mountain bike skills                                                         expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in
and testing out our skills on the                                                       this respect). By far the easiest way to obtain your travel cash is from ATM’s using a
trails of Fernie Alpine Resort.                                                         credit card or a debit card linked to the international plus or cirrus system -
Mornings will be spent working on                                                       remember you will need your PIN number to do this. If you are bringing your travel
skills development at the skills                                                        money with you, we recommend that you use travellers’ cheques, which are easily
park. When we’re finished we’ll                                                         exchanged in banks and bureaux de changes (usually commission free) and often
head to the base for lunch, then                                                        attract better exchange rates than cash. US dollars, euros, and pounds Sterling are
head out for an afternoon of riding                                                     readily exchanged. Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and services in
on the massive trail network of the resort.                                             most shops, hotels and restaurants in Canada.

Day 5 (Tuesday). Rest day and hotsprings                                                Group leaders
After breakfast, you’ll have the day free to explore Fernie. There’s lots of            The group will be accompanied by 2 experienced local mountain biking coaches.
activities, including river tubing, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding   Please see our website to find out who is coaching your camp.
and more. We’ll have an optional trip to a nearby hotsprings and a visit to a
spectacular local lake.
                                                                                        Equipment Checklist
Day 6-7 (Wednesday-Thursday). More coaching in Fernie                                   •comfortable clothes for riding, such as biking jerseys and padded shorts. 2+
We’ll sample some of the local trails of Fernie Alpine Resort, and mix it up with       sets are ideal, 1 is a must.
some local shuttle drops, driving to the top in our air-conditioned, waste-             •full-face helmet and armour (legs and arms minimum)
vegetable-oil-powered 15-passenger van. On Thursday evening we’ll celebrate             •lightweight, weather-resistant outerwear for riding in inclement weather.
an amazing week with a post-camp dinner and party at one of the local bars!             •warm clothing such as sweaters and fleece jackets and pants for nighttime.
                                                                                        •swimwear and towels
Day 8 (Friday). Drive back to Calgary, end of trip.                                     •sunglasses or some sort of eye protection for sunny and/or muddy days.
The shuttle for Calgary airport will depart at 9:00 a.m., arriving between 12:30        •helmet (mandatory) and some sort of hydration system (bottles and/or
and 1:00 p.m.                                                                           Camelbak)
                                                                                        •toiletries i.e. toothbrush, shampoo, soap
Important: This day-to-day schedule should be taken only as a general guide.            •camera
Although we update our itineraries every year, to take into account such things         •flashlight
as: changes to biking routes and changes in the routing or availability of local        •sunscreen and insect repellant (bugs are usually not a big problem, but they are
transport, it is not possible to guarantee that any of our holidays will run exactly    around)
according to the proposed itinerary. A variety of factors, including adverse            •extra tubes for your bike (these can be purchased as needed for $6/tube).
weather conditions and difficulties with transportation, can lead to enforced
changes. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary.
                                                                                        Bike Rental
                                                                                        There are several bike stores in Fernie that rent decent quality mountain bikes;
Trip Details                                                                            however, we strongly recommend that you bring your own bike with you, as you
                                                                                        will ride better and have fewer technical difficulties (if your bike is well-
Joining arrangements and transfers                                                      maintained.) Please contact our office if you wish to rent a bike in Fernie. Cost
The pickup for this trip is on Friday before the trip at 4:00 p.m. at Calgary           is $249 for a full-suspension bike for the week, or $399 for a high-end rental.
International Airport. If your flight is delayed and you cannot make the prearranged
pickup call 1-888-423-7849 as soon as possible. The pickup will take place at the
information desk on arrivals level. Look for your driver with a sign in his/her hand.
                                                                                        Your Bike
At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from Fernie back to        Your Bike MUST be at least a mid-level mountain bike - call us if unsure. Full
Calgary International Airport, arriving at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Friday. Check     suspension is mandatory. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that
our website on the ‘Schedules’ page for exact shuttle times for your trip.              your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending
Independent transfers from Calgary Airport to Fernie can be arranged in advance at      on your bike to transport you throughout your holiday, across demanding terrain. It is
extra cost through our Office.                                                          VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good
                                                                                        mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local
If you are making your own way to Fernie, use the map provided on our trip              bicycle dealer to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:
dossiers page ( Check-in is available          a) check rims and if they are worn (concave) or cracked/dented replace with new rims
after 6:00 pm on the Friday before the trip.                                            to avoid wheel failure.
                                                                                        b) check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.
                                                                                        c) check and grease ALL bearings and (QR’s) Quick release skewers.
Services included                                                                       d) check / replace brake and gear cables.
           Two experienced local mountain biking coaches.

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e) check disc / brake pads, mounts and cables.                                                using the same boxes for the return flights and you will need to take with you an extra
f) check (lube / threadlock and tighten) bolts (especially suspension pivots and              roll of packing tape to put your box back together and seal it for the return journey.
bottom brackets).                                                                             Another option is to use one of the latest padded bike bags, which are easier to handle
g) check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear.                                            than a cardboard bike box, especially if your journey involves public transport on the
h) Have you got the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES?                        way to or from the airport. Please DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box, as
On a trip like this there will definitely need to be repairs and adjustments en-route.        these are expensive, heavy (which puts you over your baggage allowance) and also
There will be the opportunity to buy limited spares initially.                                too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle. If you have
                                                                                              a rigid bike box and would really like to bring it, please contact our office to ensure that
                                                                                              we will have space for it.
Travelling with your bike
In our opinion, the best option for travelling with your bike is with a purpose-made,
durable bike bag. This represents the best combination of protection, space and               Accommodation
weight (versus bulky, heavy rigid bike boxes). If you think you may be travelling more        During this trip we will spend 7 nights in our lodge in Fernie. Accommodation is
often with your bike, we recommend investing in a bike bag. We sell beautiful                 arranged on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up
handmade bike bags made by Pika Packworks in the United States. The price is                  with another single client of the same sex. Depending on availability, it may be
$350 Cdn and includes shipping within North America. For more information, please             possible to book a single room. Please contact the office for a quote.
If you don’t plan on travelling much more with your bike, then another option is to           With the exception of dinners, all meals are included in the trip cost. Our meals are
partially dismantle it and put it into a cardboard bike box. This is the same type of         prepared by an onsite chef; we
cardboard box that all new bikes are packed in when they arrive at a cycle shop. All
cycle shops have more of these cardboard boxes than they can easily get rid of and
they are usually more than happy to give them away to local customers. For a small            General Information
fee, the shop will often pack your bike in one of these boxes for you. To fit your bike
into one of these boxes you will first need to remove your pedals, and take out your
seat post. Then take off your handlebars, which you should tape (masking tape)                Climate
under the down tube, you may need to release your front brake cable for this, be wary         The weather in the Rocky Mountains of western Alberta and British Columbia is ever
of crimping hydraulic cables if you have disc brakes. Finally deflate your tyres and air      changing and always unpredictable. Summer days are long, but the summer season
shocks, take off your front wheel leaving the back wheel in place, and your bike should       is short. July is the warmest month with a mean daily maximum temperature of 22
fit in the box. You will probably have to take the skewer out of the front wheel, and you     degrees centigrade. We can expect to encounter temperatures during the day ranging
should keep this in a padded bag with your pedals. If you use disks place a piece of          from 18 to 27 degrees centigrade. At night, the temperatures will typically drop to
cardboard between the pads to stop the pistons from popping out. It is important to           around 10 degrees centigrade or even a few degrees lower. Although the weather is
use as small a cardboard box as possible to fit your bike into, as a tight fit will help to   relatively stable at this time of year, we can expect some rainfall.
protect your bike. A small bike box also helps to overcome potential problems at
airport check-in. As an added precaution you should also fit a plastic fork end               Visa requirements
protector. These come with new bikes, and most cycle shops will have a few lying              A valid passport (with at least 6 months remaining validity) is required. At the present
around - which they will let you have. Also purchase some pipe lagging (expanded              time, British nationals and nationals of the United States do not require a visa. Other
foam tubing) from a hardware store and tape it around the frame’s tubes, shifters and         nationalities should contact the High Commission of Canada in their own countries for
back derailleur. You can also pack some of your clothing around the bike in plastic           information on visas.
bags. Please be aware that taking your bike on a trip can entail its frequent loading
onto support vehicles and while we will make all efforts to look after it, there is a good
possibility of your bike being scratched. If you want to protect the paint work, you          First Aid
should consider keeping sections of the plastic pipe lagging taped onto your bike tubes       A medical kit will accompany each trip. Our local leaders have appropriate wilderness
throughout the trip especially for thin walled aluminium bikes like Cannondales /             first-aid training and are experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems
Ellsworth Truths etc.                                                                         associated with adventure travel.

At the start of the biking, we flatten all our bike boxes for easy storage. We will be

  RESPONSIBLE RIDING                                                                          vital form of transportation in communities where cars are rare and where
                                                                                              distances to schools and other services are often large. If you wish to donate
                                                                                              bicycles or money to Bicycles Without Borders, please call our office or visit
  In 2006, we formulated and instituted a mandate for
  sustainable tourism entitled Responsible Riding.                                            6) We support local cultural projects and events. In Fernie and other BC
  Based on the belief that mountain biking can make a                                         communities, we help organize local mountain bike events and festivals. In
                                                                                              Peru, we will visit 4 Inca archaeological sites, 3 of which are in remote areas
  positive difference in the world, Responsible Riding                                        that do not receive much tourism. Paying for entrance admissions and guides
  incorporates the following key elements:                                                    to these sites ensures their continued protection.

  1) All of our staff is local. They come from the communities where we ride                  7) We have a stringent environmental code. We follow IMBA (International
  and their wages go back into local communities. In British Columbia, all of our             Mountain Biking Association) guidelines for reducing trail impact and these
  guides live full-time in the Fernie area, and their wages go directly back into the         guidelines are passed on to our clients.
  community. In Peru, we are working with local guides who are paid the same
  wages that our Canadian guides earn. This contrasts with many other                         8) We have implemented a carbon offsets program. This is a relatively
  companies who pay guides subsistence wages (many porters on the Inca trail                  new concept aimed at offsetting the carbon emissions generated by business
  are paid less than $3/day).                                                                 activity by investing in projects that reduce global carbon levels, such as
                                                                                              treeplanting programs and renewable energy projects (e.g. wind farms). In
  2) We use local suppliers and partners wherever possible. That means                        2007, Sacred Rides will be working with ZeroFootprint to calculate the total
  never using big box stores, purchasing local food and supplies, working with                carbon emissions of its operations and will offset these emissions by investing
  local sponsors and staying at locally owned campgrounds and hotels. In Peru,                in an equal amount of carbon offsetting programs. In addition, we will be
  we are using local suppliers such as Joselo, who owns and runs a small van                  instituting a voluntary program with our clients, encouraging them to offset the
  transport service. Using local suppliers keeps dollars in the communities                   carbon impacts of their flights. We are working to design this program so that
  where we ride and helps them stay strong and vibrant. We are working toward                 it is as easy to use and efficient as possible, thus encouraging its use.
  sourcing 50% of our food through local sources by 2008.

  3) A portion of tour costs goes to local development and sustainability                     To Book your Holiday: There are 2 different ways to make your
  projects in the areas where we ride. In British Columbia, 2% of tour costs                  booking - over the telephone, or through our website. To book your
  go to the environmental organization WildSight, which works hard to preserve                trip through the website, visit and click on
  the natural environment of southeastern British Columbia. In Peru, 2% of the                ‘reservations.’ The system will guide you through the process, and
  tour price goes directly to local development projects, such as the building of             you will need to provide a credit card along with all the details of
  schools or the construction of wells in communities that do not have access to
  clean water. We visit these communities as we ride and see how these
                                                                                              members of your party. To make a booking over the phone, please
  projects are making a difference.                                                           call 1-888-423-7849 and we will make the reservation for you.

  4) We contribute funds and time (e.g. trail-building) to the mountain                       n.b. you can hold your spot for 7 days by making a reservation, and if
  biking communities in the areas where we ride. Every spring we visit                        you need to cancel during that 7-day period, we will refund 100% of
  communities such as Nelson and Golden and donate our time to local trail                    your money. This allows you to secure your spot while you make
  maintenance. We also donate money to their local mountain bike clubs.                       arrangements for flights, vacation, etc… without having to worry
  5) We have our own non-profit organization, Bikes Without Borders, that                     about someone else taking your spot.
  distributes bicycles to families in developing countries. Next May, we will be
  taking a shipment of bicycles with us when we head to Peru. Bicycles form a

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