Breathe the clean, fresh air of the Rockies. Wake up to the smell of breakfast cooking and horse bells ringing. Ride up to a view of the mountains beyond, humbled and awed by the beauty that surrounds you. You will begin to feel that unique bond with your horse and the mountains that can't be experienced in any other way.
|Based out of Hinton, Alberta, the Lazy VU
outfit offers pack trips into the Willmore Wilderness area north of
Banff and Jasper National Parks.
|| Tom Groat, John's grandfather, left Edmonton for
the mountains. Settling in the town of Brule, he raised work
horses for local mines and outfitted.
Along with his wife Darlene, Judd eventually started
his own packstring and spent many years traveling every corner of
Jasper National Park and the Willmore Wilderness.
The Lazy VU is now John's brand and he and his wife Cindy carry
on the family tradition. With 35 head of quality horses and the
best in equipment and camp gear, they proudly offer to share a life
they love with their guests.
Cindy and John
If you love the outdoors and enjoy a mode of transportation that
you can talk to, a wilderness pack trip offers many treasured memories
to carry with you. Whether its your first time or hundredth, you
will be please with the professional friendly service that the Lazy
VU has to offer.
Well rooted in the outfitting tradition, owner-operator John Groat
carries the Lazy VU brand into a third generation.
As a family, the Groats can lay claim to the fact that they were
the first to settle and homestead in the area of Alberta's present
day capital city, Edmonton. Main through-way Groat Road still heralds
the family name.
Here his son Judd, father to John, was born. Judd grew up working
with horses and outfitting with his father and other local outfitters.