From adrenaline-filled ‘via ferrata’ mountaineering to relaxed interpretive alpine treks, CMH offers Heli-Hikes to suit all types
Banff, AB – May 1, 2014: The world’s largest Heli-Skiing operator is gearing up for summer by swapping its skis and snowboards for hiking boots and backpacks.
Best known as the pioneers of Heli-Skiing, Canadian-based CMH also invented Heli-Hiking 36 years ago and continues to offer travelers unparalleled opportunities to explore the most beautiful and least-visited parts of Canada’s famed Rocky Mountains.
From leisurely guided hikes to adventurous mountaineering, CMH Heli-Hiking experiences cater to all ages, abilities and exertion levels, and take place amid pristine alpine wilderness recognized by National Geographic as one of Canada’s “Places of a Lifetime”.
“The advantage of hiking via helicopter is that we can offer outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to explore stunning mountain regions that would otherwise be inaccessible or take days to reach,” says Rob Rohn, CMH Director of Operations. “Our guests set the pace and we can make it as easy or challenging as they like. Then we whisk them away by air to enjoy the serenity, fine dining and casual luxury of the Bobbie Burns lodge.”
The classic CMH Heli-Hiking adventures involve daily, expertly-guided treks through the remote, far reaches of some of the most striking mountain landscapes in the world, with the luckiest guests’ often spotting wildlife like grizzly bears, moose, lynx, elk, bighorn sheep and wolves along the way. For those seeking an added adrenaline rush, CMH High Flying Adventures include North America’s longest via ferrata - a series of iron rungs, cables and bridges offering assisted mountaineering. CMH High Flying Adventures were profiled in the May 2014 issue of Men’s Journal and are recognized by the Canadian Tourism Commission as one of the nation’s Signature Experiences™.
Additional highlights of the summer season will include specialized Art and Photography Workshops hosted by renowned painters Stephen Quiller and Elizabeth Wiltzen, as well as noted photographers Michelle Valberg of Canadian Geographic Magazine and John Marriott of Banff National Park. Other adventures are specially designed for families with activities to engage and excite everyone from 5 to 95-years-old. Respected environmentalist and wildlife expert Brian Keating will host one of the many Family Adventure trips in July.
CMH Summer Adventures run from July to mid-September and trips range from four to seven days-long. For more information about summer programs and Heli-Hiking with CMH, please visit www.cmhsummer.com and watch the new Heli-Hiking & Family Adventures videos.
ABOUT CMH HELI-SKIING & SUMMER ADVENTURES:
Offering heli-adventures since 1965, CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures is the world’s first and largest Heli-Skiing and Heli-Hiking operator. From their head office in Banff, Alberta, CMH operates exceptional mountain experiences based from 11 lodges located in the Bugaboo, Purcell, Selkirk, Monashee and Cariboo ranges of British Columbia, Canada. Heli-skiing takes place each year from December through April, and CMH Summer Adventures take place from July to mid-September.
Mary Morrison, PR Manager
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