Isobel Glover 1st to hike Vancouver Island end-to-end

Glover wanted to use her The Island in My Backyard expedition to show people how readily accessible — and relatively cheap — such a journey can be for those who live here. No flights or ferries to go on this trip. She didn’t even have to get in a car.

“I just went out my front door and started walking.” …

… The Vancouver Island Trail — also known as the Spine Trail — is only 80 per cent complete, and even then “trail” can mean anything from a dead flat, three-metre-wide, groomed path to a never-trodden forest route only discernible by occasional markings on the trees.

Then there were the gaps where forging ahead meant bushwhacking down 45-degree slopes.

Glover planned meticulously, preparing dried food and figuring out routes that would allow her to camp close to water sources, but even then there’s nothing quite like the reality of forest so dense that it’s all but impossible to cover the 20 metres from tent to lake. …

Intrepid soul shows how to step up to nature

She had some funding from the Alpine Club of Canada for this adventure.

The Vancouver Island Trail is a multi-use (foot, cycle, equestrian) non-motorized trail, that links communities and ecosystems along a 765 km long, north-south transect of Vancouver Island. It uses both new and existing trails and inactive and active logging roads. At the start of 2018, it is still a work in progress with approximately 86% of it now complete.

For more details on the history of the trail, the organization’s Mission and Vision statements, recent newsletters and trail progress, and to become involved, please visit our website: vispine.ca

There’s an online hiking guidebook in the works.

Heather Anderson’s Calendar-Year Triple Crown

Only five others—all men—have completed the thru-hiker’s Holy Grail in fewer than 365 days

The Triple Crown is often considered the pinnacle of the thru-hiking world. To complete the feat, a person must hike the 2,190-mile Appalachian, 2,650-mile Pacific Crest, and 3,100-mile Continental Divide trails …

But for a select few, there is an even more impressive Triple Crown to be had: Hiking all three trails in a single year, a challenge that’s dubbed the Calendar-Year Triple Crown …

Before this trip, she’d already Triple Crowned twice, setting the overall self-supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the Pacific Crest Trail and the self-supported FKT for the Appalachian Trail. (A new FKT for the Appalachian Trail was set by Karel Sabbe in August, but Anderson still holds the women’s record.) After this season, Anderson is now the fastest woman to ever Triple Crown and the first woman to triple Triple Crown.  …

Outside

modest National Park proposals

In the era where Trump and his appointee Zinke are happy to sell off protected public lands, these proposals from Backpacker magazine might not seem modest to all.

Casey Lyons – Make More National Parks

M. John Fayhee – Let the National Parks Go Wild

Rachel Zurer – Make the National Parks Free

Hansjörg Wyss – $1 billion for conservation

Wyss Foundation is launching a $1 billion campaign, called the Wyss Campaign for Nature.

The campaign’s goal is to help conserve 30% of the planet in a natural state by the year 2030 by creating and expanding protected areas, establishing more ambitious international conservation targets, investing in science, and inspiring conservation action around the world.

Only by dramatically increasing the capacity of communities, indigenous peoples, and nations to conserve lands, waters, and wildlife can we hope to safeguard the natural world upon which we all depend. …

For example, the Wyss Foundation is providing up to $22 million to help Fundación Flora y Fauna acquire lands to formally establish the Aconquija National Park in Argentina’s Tucumán Province.

Born in Bern, Switzerland, Hansjörg Wyss lives in Wilson, Wyoming.

related – Wyoming billionaire pledges to protect 30% of the planet by 2030

Sandakphu Phalut Trek, West Bengal

I’ve hiked many sections of the Himalaya, but never out of West Bengal.

The route of this trek lies along the border of India and Nepal. In fact, one constantly moves in and out of Nepal during the trek. The mighty mountains, of course, know no boundaries. They stretch through Nepal, India, Bhutan and further.

This trek can be done almost throughout the year save for monsoon months. …

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Guided it costs only about 10,000 Indian Rupees (less than $150) for 6 days.

first person to walk Canada’s Great Trail

Great Trail was formerly called the Trans-Canada Trail. (TheGreat Trail.ca)

Completing this hike makes Dana Meise
@TheHikingFool the first person to touch all three coasts on the Trans Canada Trail.

… Thursday evening he made it to Tuktoyaktuk, completing his lifelong dream; and it’s in part thanks to the community. …

“As much as I’m super excited to finish … I’m also excited to get home,” he said.

Meise, originally from Sherwood Park, Alta, started his adventure in Cape Spear, Nfld. in 2008.

The trip has not been all in one go.

Alberta man finishes record 10-year hike in Tuktoyaktuk

NEW – Annapurna Seven Passes route

I’ve twice been on the Annapurna Circuit. It has been degraded by road building. In fact, on the more recent trip I enjoyed mountain biking more than hiking.

Tripple P. Gurung decided to invent an alternative in the region.

The Annapurna Seven Passes … is a 20-day trek that takes a trekker through seven high passes, four of which are above 5,000 meters. In addition to the challenge of the high passes, this trek offers a mix of wilderness and culture that is missing from treks that run through villages. …

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It’s actually a route, not a trail. I would need a guide.

QUICK FACTS

  • Difficulty Level
    Hard
  • Total Length
    177 Km
  • Highest Altitude
    5416 Meters
  • Start location
    Tal (1,665m)
  • Finish location
    Jomsom (2,740m)
  • Permits
    ACAP Permit,TIMS Permit,Naar-Phu Restricted Area Permit
  • Best Season
    April-November

Click through for details:

Saving the Annapurna Circuit – The Annapurna Seven Passes Trek