How and where were you introduced to the outdoors?
I used to go camping with my boyhood friends to Squirrel Creek, a tributary creek of the Nechako River.
What has been your favourite hiking trail or outdoor area?
I’ve been on the Juan de Fuca Trail 4 times and enjoyed it quite a lot. I have to also say I really enjoyed the Tombstone Range hike in the northern Yukon.
Have you ever been lost in the wilderness? If so please describe this adventure and any lessons learned.
Been turned around lots, took the wrong trail some, but never out and out lost.
Can you share any unique encounters with wild animals?
Had a coyote eye me up and down from 10 feet away on my Alexander Mackenzie Grease Trail thruhike, as I had my hiking poles and he probably hadn’t seen them before. Saw a caribou at close range on the Tombstone Range hike and he was so majestic against the wild river he was near to. Surprised a blonde grizzly who thumped up the hill at a great clip while we retreated the other way. Had a moose thunder down into the lake 20 feet away and scared the bejesus out of us.
If not previously mentioned, have you ever completed a thru-hike or multi-day backpacking trip and what nuggets of wisdom did you glean from it?
Thruhiked the Grasslands National Park, did 10 days of the Continental Divide Trail near Silverton, did a 10 day hike the length of the Okanagan Valley.
Got my pack weight down to ~ 20lbs including food. Found an excellent bunch of gear and use a spreadsheet to evaluate every trip. See below.
What is your favourite outdoor website?
The Lightweight Backpacker
What is your favourite outdoor hiking gear store?