My Feet Hurt:
I hiked the North Coast Trail from August 27 to September 1 in 2014. I spent 5 nights and 6 days on the trail.
The North Coast Trail might be very, very tough.
We recommend easier alternatives to the standard route. There are other similar hikes on Vancouver Island of course, all easier than the NCT.
Having been on Bob’s support team for his 2007 ascent of 14,252-foot (4344m) White Mountain Peak, California, I can highly recommend his inspiring documentary.
Bob’s smiling here. But let me confirm that trip was bloody tough. I could never possibly have made it in his chair.
The new film covers his attempt to cross 11,845-foot Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada. It’s much rougher than White.
Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.
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Personally, I own a BearVault BV500 and Ursack Major. I use the BV500 when it’s required, and the Ursack Major in areas with bears and/or mini-bears but without canister regulations.
Buyers guide: Bear canisters || Comparison of volume per weight & cost
Good advice. I do the same.
I’m still using a clear BEARVAULT BV500. Or an Ursack.
The canister is a little better, but bulky.
I hang my Ursack, when I can.
But in areas with bears — and inappropriate trees — tying directly to a tree at eye level works too. I’ve never had a bear approach my food … though I did once have a mouse get inside the Ursack.
- toilets work completely without water
- do not require any additional material (chemicals, saw dust, etc.)
- less odour than traditional pit toilets
- far less maintenance
I learned about this system from the Outside magazine podcast –
Canadian researcher Geoff Hill is now putting the French design into National Parks in North America.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
related – Williams, Brennan – Risks And Benefits of the Use of Urine-Diverting Vermicomposting Toilet Systems
Cam Honan has hiked everything. Everywhere. But for me his most impressive trips have been his extreme Tasmania epics.
Floating rivers on his NeoAir mattress, for example.
For us mere mortals, he summarized his advice on a route called Arthur Range Traverse.
It’s only 48 miles (77km) but will take you 10-14 days, on average. With no resupply. You carry all that food on your back.
If not already decided there’s no way that sounds like fun, click through to …
The Pacific Crest Trail Association posted a terrific, thorough summary.