Guided Tours

Fat Bike Tour
Family Guided Fat Bike Tour

We lead fully-supported day trip and camp out guided tours in the backcountry of the Cable Area of Northwest Wisconsin!  We blend seasonally and conditions appropriate fat biking, snowshoeing, hiking, and local lake canoeing and do offer canoe camping opportunities.  Safety and being prepared are our Mantras.  We have extensive backcountry knowledge and familiarity that get you to off-the-beaten-path places others don’t find, all our equipment is geared towards performance, and then there’s our lead guide, he knows how to provide challenge without going overboard.  Time to get out there! 

Girls out for a Northwoods canoe guided tour.
Something special about kids paddling in the Northwoods!
Guided and Illuminated FATbike Tour at Night
Night Fat Bike Guided Tour during Winter!

 

Group Winter Fat Bike and Snowshoe
We can blend self-guided and guided services as easily as we blend our silent sports. Our service done your way!

Our guided tours and routes are custom tailored to your small group’s interests, experience, and physical condition.  Your guided tour is private to you/your group, we do not put different groups together on the the same tour.  We listen to and come through with what you want, as some want views while others want terrain and trail diversity, some want the secret trails/spots where others want personalized instruction.  We are flexible and do cater to small groups of family, friends and colleagues who are looking for supported, private, outdoor bonding/team building opportunities!

 

Couples connecting in Cable, WI while riding Fat Bike together!
Couples re-connecting in the great outdoors was a huge part of 2020!
Couples Fat Bike Guided Tour
Wife and Husband enjoy the Power Lines portion of HVN!

 

Guided Tour participant gets some Sun in front of an idyllic Northwoods lake spot after the storm cleared.  Outdoor adventure!
Downpour days can be rescheduled, no problem. But those who still want to go are rewarded handsomely!

Your Guide

Lead Guide of Top of Trail We Groom
Josh Winter of ’18/’19, -28F.
Lead Guide, Josh hiking in the Cable Area during mid-May 2021.
Those chilly, early mornings are great for hiking, sometimes we catch the bugs sleeping! Josh late-Spring 2021.

Your lead guide, Josh Washlow, has been canoeing and camping in the Cable Area since 1981, riding off-road bike since ’83/fat bike since 2009, backcountry snowshoeing since the Winter of ’93/’94, and a Wilderness First Responder since 2016.  Josh fosters backcountry skills growth through appropriate challenge, low-key instruction, encouragement, and safety precautions, but the fun in all of this is not lost on Josh.  It’s all about you enjoying the outdoors!

Seasons/Times Open:

Any season, anytime, day or night with your reservations made at least a few days in advance!  

Equipment, Sides and # of Participants:

5 Fat Bikes: four Borealis Flumes (15", 17", 19" and 21" sized frames), one x-small Surly Pugsley.
Cycling Helmets: Specialized.
10 sets of Snowshoes/Poles/Gaiters: Tubbs Wilderness 30s. 
Tandem Canoe with a Drop-In 3rd seat: Wenonah Spirit II, Paddles and PFDs. 
3-Person Tent: Marmot Tungsten.
3-Season/2-PERSON Sleeping Bag and Sleeping Mat(!): Marmot Yolla Bolly and REI Camp Dreamer Double.
Two 3-Season/Solo Sleeping Bags and Sleeping Mats: Northface and REI.
2 Camping Pillows: Cocoon Ultralight Air-Core. 
2 Points of Illumination for Night Activity.
All Cookout/Camp Out Culinary/Cookware, Coolers and REI Cooler Pack.
Water Bottles/Bladders/Jugs. 
First Aid and 100% Deet Bug Dope.
Hydration (water/Gatorade/lemon tea w/ honey) and Nutrition (Clif Bar).
Equipment Tools.
4x4 10 Passangers plus Driver Van: 2011 Ford E-350. 
*Use of Equipment is Included in Guided Tour Pricing!*

We accommodate 5 Bikers, 10 Snowshoers, 10 Hikers/Swimmers, 2 Canoeists, and 2 Campers maximum when using only our equipment

Cable Area Guided Tours:

Stir fry prepared over coals in a truly idyllic setting.
Our cookout menu is based on your diet! This was a vegan stir fry after a backcountry ride!

1/2-Day

3.5 Hours Total.  3 Hours of seasonally appropriate Fat Bike, Snowshoe, Hike, local lake Swim and/or Canoe time plus local eats! 
$270 for 1 – 3 participants, $80 for each additional participant.  A healthy/local sandwich meal (including beverages) is included w/ our 1/2-Day tours (dietary restrictions discussed beforehand).  Our 1/2-Day guided tours can focus on one sport or can combine sports, our 1/2-Day guided tours can go out during any season.           

Full-Day

7 Hours Total.  5 – 5.5 Hours of blended Fat Bike, Hike and/or local lake Canoe time plus 1.5 – 2 Hours of local lake Swim (weather permitting) and Cookout time at one of our favorite spots! 
$495 for 1 – 3 participants, $150 for each additional participantCookout menu options range from vegetarian to traditional Northwoods campfire fair w/ plenty of points in between (dietary restrictions discussed beforehand), beverages included.  Our Full-Day tours are available May – mid-October.

   Over-Nighter

This Northwoods Camp Out for 1 or 2 is two Full-Day guided tours bridged by a fully-supported night under the stars, this is our version of Glamping!  Flexibility reigns, our camp outs are individual to what you want.  Add to our Full-Day guided tours: 2 campsites for 1 night, a gourmet supper (Salmon or Steak, Rice or Asparagus are favorites) and beverages, campfires, additional evening and early morning activities, an energizing breakfast with coffee, and classic Northwoods delicacies.  We start at 9:00 AM the first day at our shop and conclude by 4:00 PM the following day.  Your guide stays at an adjacent campsite in his own tent.  Bring yourself, camping clothing (list to be provided upon your reservation), and your internal frame backpack, we cover the rest!  All camping equipment sanitized after each group’s trip.  $1,075 for up to 2.

    2-Nighter

This Northwoods Camp Out for 1 or 2 is geared for those who are traveling more than a few hours to the Cable Area.  It is our Over-Nighter with different scheduling, plus a 2nd night of campfires + star gazing , a 2nd gourmet supper and beverages, a 2nd breakfast with coffee and juice, and more evening and early morning activities!  We meet at 5:00 pm the first evening at your campsite, and we conclude by 2:00 pm your final day for ample travel time.  $1,350 for up to 2. 

Clinic Instruction for our Advanced Riders starts at our Shop's Home Trail
If instruction is what you want, “tours” become clinics. just give us the head’s up!