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Cape Scott Trail: Day 3

Day 3 of my trip to Cape Scott in 2015. *** It's decision day. My quads and calfs are tired and feet are blistered. My hiking speed is... slow. The plan is to hike to Nissan Bight and then down to San Josef the next day. Do I hike with the rest of the group and then 22 km down to San Josef Bay? Or do I break it up and hike to Eric Lake, a 15km hike, leaving the last 7 for the day after? That would leave an easy 3km hike out to the parking lot the last

Cape Scott Trail: Day 2

Cape Scott Trail: Day 2
Day 2 of my Cape Scott hiking trip in 2015. ** Hiking to Guise Bay The morning started out completely fogged in. We couldn't see much. Oh well. Let's go to the lighthouse anyways. It might clear up when we get there. The weather was warm and dry. I wasn't complaining. A wet day dampens the spirits.   The forest is so lush. We followed the path in from the beach along the old log roads. We were much lighter today, only carrying the food and water that we needed to do the 12km return trip from Nels Bight to the

Cape Scott Trail: Day 1

This is Day 1 of my 5 day Cape Scott hiking trip in July 2015. I'll be doing a post on each day with my favourite photos over the coming months. Cape Scott has been on my list of places to hike for a long time. Lots of people I know have done it. You get to see the tip of the island. There are wolves and bears. There's lots of mud. It sounds like the perfect place to get away for a week. We left after work and headed up to Cluxewe Resort in Port McNeill. No one wanted

Hiking to Heart Lake in Ladysmith

I was told to leave the house this year for my birthday in January. I wasn't going to complain. Things I wasn't supposed to know about were to be set up. "Be back at 3pm," they said. So I went and hiked Heart Lake in Ladysmith. It was foggy and we couldn't see much. "We" being the dog and I. I parked on Ryan Place off Davis Road and hiked up the hill. The first part is road along the powerlines. The road goes into the woods. Along the side of the road, clear signposts and a map show the

New Bear Beach Photos in the Epic Juan de Fuca Hiking Guide

New Bear Beach Photos in the Epic Juan de Fuca Hiking Guide
There are new photos of Bear Beach in the Juan de Fuca trail guide. A couple of weeks ago I posted that there are new Mistic Beach photos in the Juan de Fuca guide. I’ve just added new Bear Beach photos as well. The new photos are twice the size of the old ones so you can see more detail. They’ve all been edited to look as good as possible. You’ll be able to see clearly what you’re getting into as you plan your hike. See all the other things the Epic Juan de Fuca Hiking Guide has here. Here’s a quick

Garmin Basecamp: How to export to Google Earth

Garmin Basecamp: How to export to Google Earth
Google Earth has become an indispensable tool for viewing hiking tracks and planning out your hike. You can see what kind of land you are going to be encountering, or see a birds eye view of the trails and land you just hiked. I use Google Earth all the time to see GPS tracks and waypoints. The satellite imagery on the maps is so detailed in many places which makes it easier to see little features that may not show on a topographic map. Garmin Basecamp has a great feature that lets you export your gps information straight to Google

Cape Scott Trip Reports

[caption id="attachment_8331" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Nels Bight near Cape Scott[/caption] The first thing I do when I go for a hike somewhere new is check out all the trip reports I can find. Others that have gone before often have great recommendations on what to see and do and what to avoid. Sometimes they'll have gear recommendations or tips on what not to bring. First a few official resources and then all the trip reports. If you know if any other trip reports that I don't have listed, let me know. Cape Scott on the BC Parks website Cape Scott Park

Extension Ridge from Extension Road, Nanaimo [Trip Report]

The Trans Canada Trail sections on Vancouver Island offer so much variety. I'm always keen on new trails that are different than anything I've experienced before. Yes, most of the sections around Nanaimo are still dirt single track with trees around. Most trails are like that. But the views and twists and turns and connections to other trails are always different. I get a kick out of all the different trail connections along the way. I was roaming farther and farther down the island, hiking parts of the Trans Canada Trail but hadn't seen on section right in my own

Nanaimo Lakes Road to Whisky Lake

Being part of hiking groups online is a mixed blessing. On the one hand there's a constant supply of assistance, inspiration and motivation to get outside. On the the other hand, there's a steady stream of beautiful trail pictures streaming by making it difficult to focus on anything other than... going outside. A last minute change to plans this past weekend meant I had some time to hike but not as much as I originally though. Driving a couple hours to hike was out of the question so I quickly searched for some trails closer to home to try. The

Albert Inlet Trail north from Franklin River [Trip Report]

In my ongoing search for sections of the VI Spine Trail to hike, I wanted to find out more about the south end of the Alberni Inlet trail. It's being built in 3 stages and while all the stages are there for the trail, they aren't all used the same amount. Some parts are easier to find than others. This weekend I headed out to find the section that heads north from Franklin River. ** To the Franklin River Alberni Inlet Trail Parking Lot The trailhead has a brand new parking lot and an information sign about the 3 stages