West Coast Trail day 5

Trip report by site editor Rick McCharles.

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Morning was, again, misty.

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We enjoyed one of the better toilets here, however.

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Sawdust does help reduce odour.

Seems the expensive solar composting toilets (used in the past) are no longer “must have” technology.

Hicham dressing for battle.

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We faced the most dangerous section of the West Coast Trail — dread Adrenaline Surge.

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Our arrival was perfectly timed for low tide.

Two choices. Down and back up? … Or scramble around?

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We opted to stay high rather than risk a freak wave flushing us out to sea. That had happened to a friend of ours in the past. (She was washed back into the Surge on the next wave. And pulled to safety.)

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All 11 made the traverse safely. But it was very, very slippery.

If not confident in your agility, take the inland route, instead.

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On the other hand, in good conditions, at low tide, the coast can be like a sidewalk. Sandy and myself ALWAYS voted to take the coastal route. Vistas are magnificent.

The first word that comes to mind when describing the WCT is … LADDERS.

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There are MANY. Some are LONG and STEEP.

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This is no adventure for those afraid of heights.

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The second word that comes to mind is … RAIN.

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The WCT is no place for those afraid of slipping on wet surfaces.

Nor those who don’t like to get dirty.

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Actually, we had only a few hours of rain. This was a relatively dry week on the Wet Coast Trail.

Any idiot can hike when it’s dry. It takes experience and expertise to enjoy camping in the rain.

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I insisted we finish off my booze.

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Good night.

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