Mileage: ~18km Last night felt like our coldest night on trail. I don't think it actually was, but going to bed cold and wet, surrounded by snow, and sustained off and on precipitation through the night didn't create any warm cozy feelings. Kyle slept with his puffy jacket and rain jacket on; I kept on … Continue reading GDT Day 51 & 52 – Aftermath of bad decisions
We chose to Notch, which in retrospect was a bad decision. Mileage: 18 km (1.1 km from Lodge, 16.9 km from junction to Signal Campsite) This day in 2018 we left the cabin at Kakwa Lake PP and started our walk out of the park. This year we were sitting in a cabin at Shovel … Continue reading GDT Day 50 – to Notch or not to Notch
Mileage: 15.5km It rained off and on all night, but for once we ended up on the "good" side of the weather forecast and the 50% chance of rain for the morning turned into blue skies as we packed up. We took out our very last bars from the ursack, crossed our fingers that our … Continue reading GDT Day 49 – May the (weather) odds be ever in your favour
Mileage: 10.7km (plus a few hundred metres to/from the Maligne Lake cafe) Today was a short day and I really, really appreciated Toothless sleeping in. We all needed it. The tent was still wet on the outside from last night's rain. We shut the doors last night to keep warm and ensure we stayed dry … Continue reading GDT Day 48 – out of the rain and into the chilli cheese fries
Mileage: 21.2km Toothless was up at least 5 times last night, so I wasn't at all bright-eyed and cheery, ready to face the day this morning. Maybe the off-and-on rain kept waking him? Thankfully he goes back down quickly after nursing, but the lack of continuous sleep made me very slow moving as we packed … Continue reading GDT Day 47 – Rain, rain, go away
Mileage: 25.5 km We woke today to more rain. Dreading it, we fell into our new rain / snow / hail morning routine and got moving quickly. We resigned ourselves to the fact that the diapers we hung out last night would be wet. And we figured the Ursack would be soaked and heavy as well. … Continue reading GDT Day 46 – Don’t like the weather? Wait 2 minutes.
Mileage: 19.3km Today started with what has got to be one of my least favourite things to wake up to - frozen shoes. And since we had left a line up overnight, we also had a bunch of frozen diapers. And, the tent was covered both inside and out in frost. Needless to say, we … Continue reading GDT Day 45 – “… it’s almost obscene. Kids, cover your eyes.”
Oh, you mean it's not Christmas? It's not even December? Could have fooled me... Mileage: 14.6 km After having a wet day yesterday we were expecting precipitation last night. That's what the forecast said and it made sense. We were also expecting a cold camp; its right next to a creek and down a gully. … Continue reading GDT Day 44 – I’m dreaming of a white Christmas..
Mileage: 16.4km It rained off and on all night and was still raining in the morning when we woke up. It slowly lightened up as we packed up and seemed to stop when we hit the trail, but we still kept everyone in full rain gear since the weather forecast promised more rain and the … Continue reading GDT Day 43 – On our own
Mileage: 17.8 km Well, not too many cairns, just a lot. The air was warm this morning when we woke. I was surprised; with us being right above Owen Creek I expected it to be cold. Before we got out of the tent I could tell it was smokey. The sunlight was diffused and the … Continue reading GDT Day 42 – too many cairns on the tra-ail (too many cairns)