Mud, Sweat and Tears

November 07, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Welcome to my first ever blog entry. I took this picture before I knew it was called a selfie:

It was taken in August on Day 7, our last day, of hiking the 47-mile West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island. As my hiking buddy Jeff said, “any resemblance to a trail is purely coincidental”. It was more like the West Coast Obstacle Course.

The above shot was taken at one of the many “bridges and ladders” sections. We also had the “wallow through mud” course:

KM 11

 

Then there were the “twisted tree root” zones:

KM 37

 

And the “slippery storm-ravaged boardwalk” hop:

KM 33

 

As a bonus, you’d get all three at once!

KM 52

 

For beach walking you had the option of “smooth slippery boulders”:

KM 13

 

... or "jagged slippery boulders":

KM 68

 

For something different there was “safe, but tiring with a full pack” loose sand:

KM 44

 

Cable car river crossings kept things interesting:

KM 53

 

And always ladders:

KM 73

 

... and more ladders:

KM 63

 

Of course we didn't pass by “Chez Monique”, the well-stocked burger joint midway on the trek, with your choice of beverage:

KM 45

 

Jeff and I split a homemade veggie burger, not our usual backpacking fare.

KM 45

 

The accommodations along the way were were hard to beat.

KM 40

 

We saw whales, seals, bald eagles, giant slugs, starfish and anemones...

KM 53

 

... and met great people from all over the world!

KM 70

Jeff and I completed that trip relatively unscathed. I got out with a only a banged up thigh muscle, but we saw an assortment of bruises, bandages and blisters all along the way.

The trip lived up to reputation, for both difficulty and scenic beauty.

For our next trip we will move away from coastal hiking and will turn to the Grand Canyon in October.


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