Up North Guided Tours is focused on you and your outdoor adventure in the Cable Area whether it be by fat bike, snowshoe or both! To us, outdoor adventure means backcountry, off-the-beaten-path. That is where we take you. Our dedication to you is in our comprehensive outdoor support capabilities; outdoor safety preparedness; Cable Area backcountry knowledge and familiarity, which creates memorable off-the-beaten-path outdoor experience; attention on customer service; high performance equipment; and lead guide who knows how to provide challenge without going overboard. Your guide remains flexible and adaptive on-the-fly as outdoor and group dynamic circumstances dictate. We have an extensive playbook of tour routes and idyllic views that are hard to find, and must be shown. We strive to get you out of the periphery and into the hidden backcountry!
Our guided tours are custom tailored to your small group’s interests, experience, and physical condition. We are not just talking about taking you on routes that are appropriate for your skill level. Your tour is private to you/your group since 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!
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!
Any season, anytime, day or night with your reservations made at least a few days in advance!
Our Equipment and # of Participants:
We have a fleet of 5 Fat Bikes that are available for your group’s guided tour, four Borealis Flumes (15″, 17″, 19″ and 21″ sized frames) and one x-small (14″ sized frame) custom Surly Pugsley. We also have 10 sets of Tubbs Wilderness 30 Snowshoes/Poles/Gaiters that are available for your group’s guided tour. Our 4×4 Ford E-350 Van has seats for 10 passangers plus a driver. Use of some or all of our equipment is included in guided tour pricing.
Cable Area Day Trips:
3.5 Hours Total, 3 Hours of Fat Bike and/or Snowshoe Time plus Time to Enjoy Local Eats!
$270 for 1 – 3 participants, $80 for each additional participant, includes a healthy/local sandwich meal (can be “to go”), our 1/2-Day guided tours can be focused on one sport or can combine fat biking and snowshoeing during Winter months, and our 1/2-Day guided tours can go out during any season; and
7 Hours Total, 5 – 5.5 Hours of Blended Fat Bike and Hike Time plus 1.5 – 2 Hours of Swim (weather permitting) and Cookout Time at one of our favorite spots!
$495 for 1 – 3 participants, $150 for each additional participant, includes a cookout (menu options range from vegan to traditional Northwoods camp out meals w/ plenty of points in between, dietary restrictions discussed ahead of time and adhered to), and our Full-Day tours are available May – mid-October.