A new outdoor rental and dining facility in Columbia Falls seeks to create hassle-free travel for adventurers looking to explore the Flathead Valley, Glacier National Park and beyond.
Known as The Wilderness Edge, the facility is essentially a giant vending machine for renting outdoor equipment and buying food. The company Right On Trek, which is behind it, aims to provide countless services for those who want to take a day trip or head to the back of the country.
Victoria Livšits, the founder of Right On Trek, grew up in Lithuania and learned to love nature through fishing and searching for mushrooms and berries. Her passion for the desert blossomed further when she decided to follow in the footsteps of John Muir in California. Her friends had won permission for the trail and were trying to find a fourth person to join them.
“When I heard about it, something just clicked. It was going to be epic and I wanted to come in, “Livshitz said.
The trek helped Livshits get rid of much of the stress of everyday life.
“I fell in love with loneliness and the process,” she said. “It was the perfect combination of challenge and self-reliance. I liked the feeling of achievement after climbing a passage and the minimalism of thriving in the environment. Many people do not learn these lessons in a protected, civilized world. ”
Livshitz said the experience changed her life and taught her how to be confident and balance in life. “It has enriched my personal life beyond my wildest dreams.”
It was in this adventure that Livshitz realized that he wanted to share this experience with everyone. According to Statista’s research department, more than 57.8 million people in the United States are rising.
“But when you ask people if they recreate enough, they say no. “They want to do more, but there are a lot of huge barriers to that,” Livshitz said.
The first barrier to coping is to make equipment more accessible. Right On Trek offers tourism, hiking and camping packages that start at $ 25, $ 40 and $ 50 per person per day, respectively. The backpack package includes a 60-liter backpack, a three-season tent and lining, an ultra-light mattress, carbon fiber trekking poles, a lightweight stove, a pot, utensils, a water filter, a bear bag, a tray and a satellite device.
“Everything has to be ultra-light and high-quality,” Livshitz said.
The equipment can be rented separately depending on the customer’s needs. They also offer a camping kit for $ 35 per person per day that is uniquely designed for this experience.
The second component of a pleasant trip is good food.
“We make our own dishes and that’s a big and complex part of the business,” Livshitz said.
Right Back Trek backpack dishes are mostly air-dried, which provides fresher food than other eating alternatives. The packaging is 60% compostable and is expected to be 100% biologically based by next year. Right On Trek dishes take care of people’s lifestyles and diets, whether vegan, vegetarian, keto or gluten-free.
Livshitz said he wanted people to eat well in the countryside. Meals can also be found in over 50 stores in Montana.
The third component of Right On Trek’s mission is technology. Rightontrek.com is a platform where tourists can collaborate, plan their trip and even create personalized meal plans. The website has a tool called Trail Finder to help you plan routes.
“This is one of the most impressive databases, full of multi-day and one-day adventures,” Livshitz said.
Another part of Right On Trek’s mission is to educate people on how to create good environmental habits while being safe.
“When people are unprepared, they can destroy the desert,” Livshitz said.
She hopes to address this concern with education and appropriate resources and is currently working on the Right On Trek training center. The company cares about the environment, as part of its revenue goes to creating carbon offsets for everything related to the supply of products.
In the near future, Right On Trek hopes to have a Wilderness Edge at the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Their long-term goal is to end wildlife in every national park and eventually become global. The shared vision of the team has greatly contributed to the success of the company.
“Without our team, we would not be able to do what we are doing with the speed and scale of what we have been doing so far,” Livshitz said. Everyone on the team is highly qualified, loves nature and is empathetic to their clients, she said.
You can rent equipment and buy food at rightontrek.com.
After ordering, code will be sent from an equipment locker to one of several locations, including Whitefish Outfitters, Glacier Outdoor Center and The Wilderness Edge’s newest location, located at 1010 Conn Road in Columbia Falls.
Detailed information about the equipment will also be provided and all questions can be answered by email or via a chat feature on their website. The equipment is then returned to the same location.
Livshits and her team are excited to turn the exploration of the desert into a tangible dream for those who may not have had the resources before.
The Wilderness Edge is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day in order to be open 24/7 during the summer.
To learn more about Right On Trek, visit rightontrek.com or find them on Instagram @rightontrek