Category Archives: Cooking and Wrangling the Wilds of Northern British Columbia

A collection of stories and lessons I learned while working as a camp cook and horse wrangler for a hunting and fishing outfit north and east of Atlin, and north of Smithers, British Columbia in the Kispiox Valley.

A Cadillac of a Horse

One sunny July morning, I was headed up a trail alongside a crystal blue lake east of Atlin looking for my herd of horses. Technically I was the cook for this outfitter, but I often was sent to jingle in … Continue reading

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Cow-Kicked by a horse

There was this big black mare named Bell we had at the outfit east of Atlin.  She was a coal black mare with a strong neck, deep chest, firm back and fine legs.  She was quick-stepping and nimble and carried … Continue reading

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To Make a Pie in the Bush

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One of the skills necessary for a cook in a Hunting Camp or Trail-riding Camp is knowing how to bake a pie.  For some reason it is an expectation of many guests that they will be treated to a homemade … Continue reading

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The Little Bull Caribou

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There was a time working for the hunting outfit east of Atlin, northern BC, when I felt very lonely.  It was just after the third hunt of the season. I was situated at the isolated Lincoln Lake camp.  The weeks … Continue reading

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Livin’ the Dream in the Kispiox

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I was twenty-four and single when I decided it was time to grow-up a little.  I was going to become mature and responsible and stop living such a carefree lifestyle.  I was going to get some relationship stuff happening. I … Continue reading

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Accidents Come in Threes Part 3: Blindsided!

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On the last hunt of the season working for an outfitter east of Atlin,  I had a string of accidents.  The final mishap came on the fourth day of the hunt after our hunters had two moose and a caribou … Continue reading

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Accidents Happen in Threes Part II: Amos’ Close Call

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Working for the outfit east of Atlin, my first season, I had a string of accidents that happened in a short span of time between two different hunts.  I wasn’t given the moniker, Accident Queen for nothing. A couple of … Continue reading

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