Guided Tours

Fat Bike Tour
Fully-Supported Family Time in the Cable Area. This family has been playing outdoors together for years: their time w/ us was no exception!

We lead fully-supported day trip and camp out guided tours for small, private groups in the backcountry of the Cable Area of Northwest Wisconsin!  Our Day Trips go out any Season less Mud, and our Over-Nighters go out from Mid-Spring thru Mid-Fall.  We blend seasonally and conditions appropriate fat biking, snowshoeing, hiking, and lake canoeing and do offer car, backpacking, bike camping and canoe camping opportunities to provide both unique and memorable outdoor experience.  

 

Group Winter Fat Bike and Snowshoe
We can blend self-guided and guided services as easily as we blend activities. Our service done your way!
Canoe guided tour of local lake during the Fall
Gorgeous Paddling

 

 

Our guided tours and routes are custom tailored to your group’s interests, experience, and physical condition so our focus is truly on you.  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!

Your Guide

Lead Guide of Top of Trail We Groom
Josh @ the Top of HVN X Winter of ’18/’19, -28F. We Groom It, Guide It, and Ride It! Enjoy Some Gravity w/ Us!
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 is accordingly all about you enjoying the outdoors!

Seasons/Times Open:

Any Season, less Mud, anytime, day or night, with your reservations made at least a couple days in advance.  

Equipment, Sides and # of Participants:

7 Fat Bikes: X-Small - 21", plus helmets and Racks/Pannier Bags for guide bike.
11 sets of Snowshoes/Poles/Gaiters. 
2 Canoes: one Tandem plus 2 kid drop-in seats; and one 4-Seater; Paddles (both Bent and Straight, sizes 48" Bent - 60" Straight); and PFDs (Kids + XS sizes - XXL, most M/F-specific).
Internal Frame Backpacks: 3 Bags (1 Guide/1 Men/1 WMN). Best for Backpacking and Canoe Camping.
Day Packs w/ Hydration: 3 Bags (1 Guide/1 Men/1 WMN). Best for Full-Day Hiking/Biking/Canoeing/Snowshoeing, and Bike Camping. 
4 Dry Bags.
1 3-Person
Tent.
3-Season/2-PERSON Sleeping Bag and Sleeping Mat: best for couples Car and Lake Canoe Camping. It's a couples' Glamping-thing!
2 3-Season/Solo Sleeping Bags and Sleeping Mats,+ One 0 Degree Bag: best for Back/Bike Camping and non-couples' sleeping.
2 Camping Pillows.
Guide Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Mat and Camping Pillow.
2 Points of Illumination/Participant for Night Activity.
Cooler Pack, Coolers, and Cookout Equipment Bag.
All Cookout/Camp Out Culinary Equipment/Cookware: from compact/lightweight equipment and ware to a double burner stove, we have the right equipment for the camping you want to do).
A 10x14' Tarp and Anchors.
Water Filter System, Bottles, Bladders, + Jugs.
Small Forest Axe, Camp Knives, and 100 ft. of Rope (for Camp Outs).
First Aid and 100% Deet Bug Dope.
Hydration and Nutrition.
Equipment Tools.
4x4 10 Passengers plus Driver Van.
Bike Trailer/Canoe Transport. 
*Use of Appropriate Equipment/Tour is Included in Guided Tour Pricing!*

We currently accommodate a maximum of 6 Bike, 10 Snowshoe, 10 Hike, 5 Canoe (can add 2 small children with or w/out drop-in seats), and 2 Camper Participants/Tour when using only our equipment
 

Guided Tour Offerings:

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 for HoneyTrek!

1/2-Day

3.5 Hours Total.  3 Hours of Fat Bike, Snowshoe, Hike, and/or Lake Canoe time plus local eats! 
$325 for 1 – 3 participants, $100 for each additional participant.  A healthy, locally-sourced, completely fresh meal prepared directly before your guided tour (including beverages) is included (dietary restrictions and menu discussed before your tour).  Our 1/2-Day tours can focus on one sport or can combine sports, so it is your choice!           

Full-Day

7 Hours Total.  Blend or do not blend Fat Bike, Snowshoe, Hike, and/or Lake Canoe so once agian, it is your choice!  Late-Spring thru Early-Fall Full-Day Trips include a healthy, locally-sourced, completely fresh cookout, while Late-Fall – Winter Full-Day Trips include a healthy/locally-sourced/completely fresh meal prepared directly before your tour.  Dietary Restrictions discussed beforehand, beverages included. 
$495 for 1 – 3 participants, $150 for each additional participant.  Menu options range from Vegetarian to traditional Northwoods fare w/ plenty of points in between (burgers/brats/grilled chicken sandwiches with cast iron skillet veggies to stir-fry to our specialty chicken noodle soup to breakfast for dinner such as eggs/bacon/fresh fruit).

An Up North Guided Base Camp from which we camp, bike, hike, and canoe!
Camp, Bike, Canoe, and Hike!

   Over-Nighter

This Northwoods Camp Out for 1 or 2 participants is two Full-Day guided tours bridged by a fully-supported night under the stars!  Two campsites, one for you and one for your guide, are typically reserved at a well established Cable Area campground for your Over-Nighter.  Those campsites serve as a home base from which we can backpack or put in from to head out to where we camp for the night, unless bike camping. Please note that regardless of the type of camping: for your comfort and privacy, your guide has his own tent; and all dietary restrictions are discussed in advance, Vegan/Vegetarian diets accommodated well, and all meals prepared outdoors over open flame less 1st day sandwiches.  Our camp out menu, like our guiding in general and our cookout menu, is individual to what you want.  So it really is up to you!  We typically start at 9:00 AM the first day at our shop and conclude by 4:00 PM the following day.  Bring your camping and adventure appropriate clothing (list to be provided upon your reservation), we cover the rest!  All-inclusive less your travel expenses to and from Cable.  $1,075 for up to 2 participants.

    2-Nighter

This Northwoods Camp Out for 1 or 2 is geared for those who want a more in depth outdoor experience and 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 (car, backpacking, canoe camping, and/or a mix of two of the three camping options), a 2nd campfire supper and beverages, a 2nd energizing breakfast with coffee and juice, and more evening and early morning activities!  The 2nd night allows us to backpack or bike deeper into the woods and/or explore the lakes in a more comprehensive fashion than our Over-Nighter.  So 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.  All-Inclusive less your travel expenses to and from Cable.  $1,350 for up to 2 participants. 

Big Moon over our Campsite on Lake Owen, campfire time after canoeing, biking and cooking out.
When the day of canoeing, riding, and cooking out are over! Campsite time.