[Note: This is the trip report I hastily wrote up after the 2017 Bob Open on BackpackingLight.com. I’m just now reposting it here so it’s more easily referenced for posterity] The Bob Marshall Wilderness Open is point A to B, plan your own route, slightly competitive “non-race” event during the challenging off-season conditions of May… Read More BMWO 2017 – NOT A GIMME
Editing all the footage from our 4 months on the trail this summer has turned out to be a massive job. The video series has ballooned into what will be eight episodes (from five originally planned) and will total about an hour rather than the 20 minutes I was originally estimating. Fortunately I’ve been able… Read More GDT Yo-Yo Videos – Chapters 3 – 5
I’ve finally begun editing the footage from the big GDT trek this summer. Below are the first two episodes, which cover the first 550km.
Oct 28 – Nov 1 (6 days) GDT 145km – 0 km (145 km) Section A SOBO (12 of 12) Getting forced off the GDT back in early September was a disappointment with just 150kms left in the 2250km trek. We’d already persevered around a bunch of closures and thought we had it in the… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo: Part 12 – Unfinished Business
Sept 2 – Sept 8 (7 days) GDT 344km – 145km (199 km) Section B SOBO (11 of 12) A week ago T and I walked into Peter Lougheed Park to resupply for this section, where we were greeted with the news that all public land in the southern BC Rockies was closing at noon… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo: Part 11 – Big Critters, Bigger Closures
Aug 26 – Sept 1 (7 days) GDT 552km – 344km (208 km + detour) Section C SOBO (10 of 12) It’s been a hot, dry summer on the Rockies, which has led to the worst fire season in BC’s history and to a lot of closures on the Great Divide Trail. Thankfully for us,… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo: Part 10 – Rad or Bad?
Aug 21 – Aug 23 (3 days) GDT 658km to 552km (106 km) Section D SOBO (9 of 12) From Saskatchewan Crossing to Field, the Great Divide Trail is basically a tour of Parks Canada’s neglect of the backcountry. Most GDT hikers report these poor conditions as the low point of the GDT, as I… Read More Great Divide Trail Yo-Yo: Part 9 – Neglect and Goats