Mileage: 15.8km It was a slightly chilly morning and Toothless wanted to walk right away, so we all set off in our puffy jackets to accommodate his pace. He really seems to love floodplains - last year he was also a big fan of the Moose River - and it is truly gratifying to watch … Continue reading Trip Report: GDT Redux Day 4 – Random camping on Howse Floodplain to Mistaya Canyon
Mileage: 15.6km Camping right by the water is always chilly and a recipe for condensation and this morning was no exception. As I nursed Toothless, Kyle tried to dry off the condensation to prevent it from getting knocked down on everything once Toothless was fully awake and ready to treat the tent as his personal … Continue reading Trip Report: GDT Redux Day 3 – Lambe Creek to random camping on Howse Floodplain
Mileage: 12.1km I woke up in the middle of the night with the odd sensation that something was off about the tent and came to my senses just in time to catch the trekking pole and prevent the tent from collapsing. The wind had picked up overnight and the rocky ground of the floodplain didn't … Continue reading Trip Report: GDT Redux Day 2 – Howse River Horse Camp to Lambe Creek
Background We skipped the last bit of Section D last year when we had to get off trail due to Kyle's injury and then skip ahead to keep our permits. Our initial plan was to do it after we reached the northern terminus, but that plan got derailed. So we are coming back to finish … Continue reading Trip Report: GDT Redux Day 1 – Mistaya Canyon to Howse River Horse Camp
As a shakedown before we headed out to tag the part of the GDT we had to skip in 2021, I snagged permits for Elfin Lakes in Garibaldi Provincial Park for us to do a quick overnight hike. We had a few things to test out as Toothless is much bigger and more mobile now … Continue reading Trip Report: Elfin Lakes
We started our 2021 GDT thru hike during the tail end of a record heat wave in BC. In the months before the hike I was worried about keeping Toothless cool but that concern ramped up hard in the week before the trip. Thankfully our system worked and he kept cool and safe during the … Continue reading Keeping a baby cool on trail
You might be feeling overwhelmed with the idea of backpacking with a baby. We are members of online groups that encourage and support backpacking with children and some common themes are stress about the first time going out and stress about gear (which often leads to over packing!). After thru hiking the GDT with our … Continue reading Tips and tricks for extended backpacking trips with a baby
One of the most common questions we got on trail (other than "does he enjoy it?") is why? So why thru hike with a baby? We never really considered the alternative We assumed right away (before Toothless was even born) that we would thru hike with our child. We do that together so why not … Continue reading Why did we thru hike the GDT with a baby?
Okay, stay with me here. Natasha and I used to each carry 12 lb base weight. By having a baby we added about 5 lbs of gear to our packs. So 24 lbs + 5 lbs = 29 lbs. Let's call that an even 30 lbs. 30 lbs / 3 people (Natasha, Toothless and I) … Continue reading How having a baby reduced our base weight..
It's been about a week and a half since we got off trail and we are in that weird time between the thru and going back to our regular lives. So how are things after the thru? Physical Health COVID19 This will probably be the last time I bring it up because it wasn't a … Continue reading GDT 2021 thru hike with a baby – the aftermath