After the first 7 days I thought I'd write down some reflections on the trip so far. Challenges The trip so far has had a number of difficult moments (and so early!), but day 4 has shown that every day can reveal yet another challenge for us to face. On day one, our challenge was … Continue reading GDT Reflection: Day 7
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Day 7 – Nero in Coleman (aka Alannah and Dan are wonderful)
GDT kms: 10.9 We made quick work of the roadwalk into town and then found our way to A Safe Haven - a very hiker-friendly bed and breakfast - by 9:30am. Future hikers - you definitely need to stop here! So far we've showered, eaten three tasty meals (which included Alannah picking up additional groceries … Continue reading Day 7 – Nero in Coleman (aka Alannah and Dan are wonderful)
Day 6 – Nothing to see here
GDT kms: 20.9 Another day of walking on ATV roads. We walked up to Willoughby Ridge though which would have been quite pleasant if I wasn't feeling so bleh and dead slow all day for some reason. Along the trail we ran into (almost literally) a mama grouse and her chicks which was quite cute. … Continue reading Day 6 – Nothing to see here
Day 5 – Roadwalking our feet to death
GDT kms: 32.5 We woke up from our campsite tucked in between the trees and realized it was far too bright out; we majorly slept in until nearly 7am. We had planned to sleep in a bit to recoup from La Coulotte, but not nearly that much. This late start meant we didn't hit the … Continue reading Day 5 – Roadwalking our feet to death
Day 4 – We’re going to die
GDT kms: 14.7 "Fuck fuck fuck. We're going to die" was my inner monologue for a large portion of today. It started out as a pretty slow day; we slept in more than planned and Kyle woke up with no appetite. We knew we had a big day ahead of us though, so we tried … Continue reading Day 4 – We’re going to die
Day 3 – Holy exposure Batman
GDT kms: 13.8 Daily kms: ~30 Today we set out nice and early to conquer the pass and ridgewalk we weren't able to do yesterday due to the wind. On our way up the pass, we encountered our first other GDT hiker, Rob! We wound up leapfrogging with him throughout the day which was nice. … Continue reading Day 3 – Holy exposure Batman
Day 2 – Scariest day of our lives?
GDT kms: 0 Daily kms: ~7 We woke up a bit before 5am to the sound of rain falling on the tent and we quickly closed the vestibule doors and tucked our packs and shoes under cover. We kept dozing for a bit more until 5:30am or so when we deflated the sleeping pad and … Continue reading Day 2 – Scariest day of our lives?
Day 1 – Bushwhacking uphill
GDT kms: 0 Daily kms: ~30 We got up bright and early at 5am and had a bit of a slow start as we sorted out final things with our gear before we hit the trail at 6:20am. The first part of the day was beautiful, easy walking that had us ahead of schedule. Our … Continue reading Day 1 – Bushwhacking uphill
Day 0 – The longest hitch
GDT kms: 6 Daily kms: 12 We started today with a rough start as neither of us were able to get much sleep on the bus. We arrived in Pincher Creek around 3:45am and then needed to wait until 5:00am for the Timmy's to open. We grabbed breakfast and sat around Timmy's for around an … Continue reading Day 0 – The longest hitch
Day 00/0 On our way to the GDT!
After a slow morning, which just seemed to crawl along... we made it to the airport with no problems. With coffee and cookie in hand we waited for our plane in the sunshine. The flight was brief, and uneventful. Barely enough time to settle in before the flight was over! We arrived in Calgary and … Continue reading Day 00/0 On our way to the GDT!