S: The West Coast Trail - A Life Changing Trail
FC: The West Coast Trail July 2010 | Make your Memories.
1: HIKING | What an awesome journey! | July 12 - July 17, 2010 | Filtering
2: Just a taste...of things to come. | Ferry Ride on July 11, 2010 | Our Last stay in Paradise. | Calgary - Salmon Arm - Vancouver - Victoria - Port Renfrew - Pachena Bay - Bamfield
3: To the lions. | Packed and ready to go.! | Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada West Coast Trail | The Story behind the Trail: The Huu-ay-ayt and Pacheedaht have always lived along Vancouver Island's west coast. These first Nations used trails and paddling routes for trade and travel long before foreign sailing ships reached this region over 200 yrs. ago. Over a century following contact, sailors brought the beginning of a changing world to the First Nations. Trade increased, and many sailing ships met a tragic fate navigating in these unfamiliar and hazardous waters. Sailors soon referred to this coastline as the "Graveyard of the Pacific." Between 1888 and 1890 the govt. erected a telegraph line along the coastline. The line was an attempt to establish communications between the west coast villages, the newly established Cape Beale and Carmanah lighthouses, and larger communities in hopes of saving mariner lives.
4: However, after the wreck of the Valencia in 1906, with the loss of 133 lives, the public demanded the govt. do more to help mariners along this coastline. In response the govt. built Pachena Lighthouse, established live saving stations and improved the telegraph route to become a life saving trail for shipwreck victims and their rescuers. With improvements to technology the frequency of shipwrecks decreased and the life saving trail was gradually abandoned. In 1973 the trail became part of the newly established Pacific Rim National Park. Today, hiking the West Coast Trail is about exploring Vancouver Island's temperate rainforest and rugged coastline, seeing the remnants of past stories and walking in the footsteps of shipwreck victims and the First Nations people that continue to call this area home.
5: 6 Day Tide Table 108 Bridges 32 Full Set of Ladders 5 Cable Cars 56 lb. pack | Factors that contribute to injuries: inadequate gear or footwear, excessively heavy packs, poor physical condition, inexperience, poor judgement, and bad weather.
6: 75 km One Way... | Found some friends | What do you mean we need to fish? | You see there is a shortcut.
7: The Journey Begins... What lies ahead is unknown but I am with my friends so all will be great! | ...6 day back packing hike. | Fear hiding behind a smile. | Hurry, look like we just finished.
8: 75 Km mark and counting down to Pachena Bay
11: They have my back.
17: Thrasher Cove - End of Day 1 - 6 Km.
18: Dinner: Salmon & Rice Malbec Wine (Courtesy of ALY carrying it in)
20: Day 2 - on our way to Owen Pt., the Camper Bay for lunch.
21: Plan is to get to Cullite Cove to Camp for the night.
22: Low Tides
23: You can almost see Owen Point
28: Owen Point
32: Watch for the Surge Channels
36: Camper Bay- Lunch
38: Ladders & Bridges
40: Long slog to Cullite Cove - End of Day 2- 11 Km. Dinner: East Indian Curry and Naan
41: Day 3 - on our way to Carmanah Pt.
42: Logan Creek - Adrenaline Surge Ch. is calling.
43: Adrenaline Surge Channel
44: Back on track after visiting Adrenaline - 5 km addition to our total hike
46: Just past Vancouver Pt. | Mr. 2 out of 10
48: It's Not a Mirage
49: End Day 3 - Chez Monique Dinner: Burger & Keith's Breakfast: Loaded Veg. Omlette 13 Km. + 5 Km Extra
53: Decision Time: Slow down or split group and move forward to Tsusiat Falls | Cheewhat River
54: Nitinat Narrows: Ferry Ride
57: Famous Hole in the Wall
58: Tsusiat Falls End Day 4 19 Km. Dinner: Dehydrated Chicken and Couscous
60: Are you kidding me with the ladders? | Day 5: On our way to Michigan Creek 13 Km away
65: End of Day 5 Dinner: Spaghetti Beginning of Day 6 12 Km. left to Pachena Bay
66: The Countdown Starts and the smiles get bigger and bigger.
68: Can it really be?
69: Pachena Bay Day 6 - Km. 75
70: Someone forgot to call a cab to Bamfield Ferry. Add another 2 Km to our hike.
71: Bamfield Ferry to Port Renfrew 3.5 Hour Boat Ride. 125 buck Whale, Bear, Sea Lions and Killer Whale Tour.
74: A Quick Rewind.
75: A Trip to Never Forget.