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
We are halfway through the trail now, so now is probably a good time to reflect on how it's been so far. Itinerary We planned our itinerary in a bit of detail and it has been pretty accurate so far. We have been trying to keep to our permits so we have made sure to … Continue reading GDT Reflection: Mid Point
Well this one is easy.. in all of Section D we saw: Nothing We were so beat and struggling to push through the brush that we really did not get to spot anything!
GDT kms: 20.9 (+ 1.9 to the Crossing Resort) We woke up surprisingly warm for having basically camped on top of a river. Even though we had to get our feet wet right away, it was so much nicer being able to make progress at a decent rate (and being able to see decent views … Continue reading Day 31 – Out of the woods
GDT kms: 20.0 Today started with a "potentially challenging ford" of Cairnes Creek. We avoided the ford by crossing on two trees that had conveniently fallen across the creek; they were positioned in a way that required you to sort of crouch/stretch yourself across them and after we went across we decided fording would have … Continue reading Day 30 – How bad could a few downed trees be?
GDT kms: 33.9 Today started off with a lovely carwash alongside the Amiskwi thanks to the rain during the night. For anyone that hasn't had to walk down an overgrown trail with wet vegetation aka a carwash, it's definitely not an experience I'd recommend. It's worse than simply hiking in the rain as the water … Continue reading Day 29 – It’s not a hike until you go through the carwash
GDT kms: 24 Today was all about following an old overgrown road without many views. The highlight of today was probably our lovely lunch spot by Otto Creek which featured a patch of pretty purple flowers that bees were having a heyday pollinating. We setup camp relatively early today as the next marked campsite was … Continue reading Day 28 – Halfway there