We arrived in Victoria 3 days early to prepare for our trek. Our team had to attend an orientation, purchase our food supply for the trail, and pack our backpacks. We left early morning on Sept. 15th to start on the trail.
Day One - Sunday, September 15, 2019
Day one was one of the most difficult days. Starting with a 45 ft ladder to climb,extremely difficult terrain and full packs, it was a scary start. We began to question ourselves. Would we make it to the end. I had no doubts that we would!
Day Two - Monday, September 16, 2019
Day two was a little easier. However, we got some rains during the night, and some of the tents didn't hold up so well. So a few of my hikers were not as well rested as they should have been. The trail itself was a little easier, as planned but still very damp. After a good breakfast, we packed up camp and headed out on the trail.
Day Three - Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Day three was on and off. Throughout the night we had an incredible rain storm. Two of the tents that had previously leaked were protected under the guide tart, however my tent took the heavy rains head on. It help up pretty good, except leaked a little in the seams. My sleeping bag was a little wet in the morning, and the clothes we put at our feet were wet. During the day, it rained on and off, but we pushed through, and finished the day out in very good time.
Day Four - Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Day four was a special treat! First, the sun came out, and stayed out! This was a very special treat as it was our longest day. And, day four was the day we come to The Crab Shack! An amazing make shift restaurant at the second Ferry crossing. Fresh Crab, Salmon, and more, prepared for you as you order. I myself had a half crab, salmon steak, loaded baked potato, 3 slices of banana bread, a beer, and 2 ice teas. It was so good after going 4 days on only oatmeal and freeze dried meals. I don't even care about the $75 price tag. To finish the day off, we arrived at Tsusiat Falls Camp. The most beautiful camp along the trail, where you can get a shower in and swim beneath the waterfall.
Day Five - Thursday, September 19, 2019
Day five started off with a shower under the waterfall. After drying off and packing up, we headed out on the trail to our final campsite for this trip. All in all a great day, cloudy, but the rain held off. But still thoughts of crab and salmon on our minds and we ate our sub-par lunches for the day.
Day Six - Friday, September 20, 2019
Day six, the final day on the trail, only 13kms to go. The weather was cloudy, but dry, which was very much welcomed. We had the treat of another light house, and an amazing place called Sea Lion point where hundreds of Sea Lions rest every day. We even got to see a Whale that was hanging out to try and get the Sea Lions. After arriving at the end of the trail, we were able to head to the nearby camp ground, enjoy some junk food and get in a quick shower, before our next little adventure.
The trip back to the trail head was as adventurous as the hike. The private driver I hired to get us back decided to make his life easier, he would just give us a vehicle and let us go. He gave us a very sketchy hand drawn map and sent us on our way through all the old logging roads that were unmarked and took off in every direction. It was great though, as we got to make many stops to enjoy the amazing scenery and get food. It was a 4 hour drive, so the many stops were much appreciated. The next day, we arrived at the airport to hop on our little prop plane back to Vancouver, then the jet home.