Trying to keep up

Date: 7/31/2019 Day: 27 Distance: 18 miles Start: 11:00 am Stop: 9:30 pm Steps: 49185 Elevation: 5728 ft Others Here: Coyote, Backtrack, Fireball Camp: Tenting at Pinto Lake What3Words: https://w3w.co/unattended.gossiped.headline Yesterday we got up at 4:30 so we could make it into Saskatchewan crossing resort in time for the breakfast buffet. Made it in by 8am and then spent the night at the hotel. Had the buffet again for breakfast and headed back out. 3400 ft up to first pass with 7 days food Beautiful Spectacular views at every pass Highest point on the GDT… an unnamed pass Last pass …

Howse River flood plain

Date: 7/29/2019 Day: 25 Distance: 16 miles Start: 10:00 am Stop: 6:30 pm Steps: 42454 Elevation: 4813 ft Others Here: Coyote, Backtrack, Antoine, Thunder and Snow Camp: Tenting on promontory at end of and above Howse River flood plain What3Words: https://w3w.co/converting.thinly.community Today was a mix of bushwhacking and walking the flood plain. I took a picture of Yote during one brushy section. The day before yesterday made today’s bushwhacking seem like good trail. Today there was actually trail under foot, the trail was level (as opposed to 45 deg slope), and there were fewer blowdowns. The flood plain was quite …

Ahhhh road walk

Date: 7/28/2019 Day: 24 Distance: 19 miles Start: 9:30 am Stop: 5:30 pm Steps: 47755 Elevation: 4708 ft Others Here: Coyote, Backtrack Camp: Tenting at Lambe Creek What3Words: https://w3w.co/deflect.staircases.drawn I was so thankful for the road walk today after yesterday’s experience. The miles came easy. I lost one of my water bottles crossing Cairnes on two fallen trees … bummer. At Lambe creek B and Y proposed stopping early to set up for a short day into Saskatchewan Crossing the day after tomorrow. Sounded good to me even though I’m already short on food due to the extra day caused …

Kiwetinok Alternate Payment aka sufferfest

Date: 7/27/2019 Day: 23 Distance: 12.5 miles Start: 9:30 am Stop: 8:30 pm Steps: 36767 Elevation: 6463 ft Others Here: Coyote, Backtrack Camp: Tenting at Amiskwi Pass What3Words: https://w3w.co/undergrad.shots.addicted Yesterday was a highlight of the trip so far with blue bird skies and stunning vistas. Today was a lowlight for sure. Almost like the GDT had to take its pound of flesh for what it gave us yesterday. The bar has been raised for toughest day on the GDT. Now we’ll say “this ain’t no Kiwetinok Alternate” We slept in a little and eventually decided to hike out in spite …

Kiwetinok Alternate

Date: 7/26/2019 Day: 22 Distance: 14.5 miles Start: 10 am Stop: 6 pm Steps: 41299 Elevation: 6713 ft Others Here: Coyote, Backtrack Camp: Tenting at Little Yoho Campground What3Words: https://w3w.co/chromosome.heartburn.unwinds The plan today was to complete the alternate all the way back to the official trail; about 21 miles or so. Well, we got up here and it was so stunningly beautiful that we didn’t want to rush it. So here we are next to the creek at the campground (tucked away with no reservations) only 14 miles in. The weather was fantastic with blue skies and just the occasional …

The kindness of strangers

Date: 7/25/2019 Day: 21 Distance: 8.5 miles Start: 8:30 am Stop: 11:30 am Steps: 21630 Elevation: 4213 ft Others Here: Coyote, Backtrack Camp: Truffle Pig hotel What3Words: https://w3w.co/launch.closure.triads Quick hike into Field, BC to pick up resupply boxes for the next section. We didn’t know what we were going to do for lodging … hostel in Lake Louise, shower then hike out and camp, ??? What a series of connections with strangers. We were offered a place to shower at a local’s house (Randall from Field, John, and wife from New Zealand). Super friendly and helpful Madonna at the icecream …

Meh

Date: 7/24/2019 Day: 20 Distance: 21.5 miles start: 9:00 am stop: 8:30 pm Steps: 54568 Elevation: 4682 ft Others Here: Coyote, Backtrack Camp: Tenting at random site above otter tail river What3Words: https://w3w.co/noble.motors.redefined We had a crazy lightning storm directly overhead around midnight last night. Lightning cracking and thunder booming simultaneously. I’m not certain how long it lasted, but it was some storm. This morning, I was happy we did those extra miles last night; it meant we didn’t have to do that pass in the rain. We were able to go over wolverine pass and up to Rockwall pass …

3 pass day

Date: 7/23/2019 Day: 19 Distance: 24 miles start: 7:30 am stop: 9:45 pm Steps: 63636 Elevation: 6427 ft Others Here: Coyote, Backtrack, Allgood is also at the campground Camp: Tumbling River Campsite … tucked away in the trees What3Words: https://w3w.co/appearances.necklaces.uneasy Clear blue skies beautiful day. Great day, but I’m spent. First Ball Pass then on to Floe Lake. The exposed climb through a burn to Floe Lake totally zapped me. About 4 miles climbing gradually in the sun followed by a couple miles of steep ascent made jello of my legs. Floe lake was beautiful, so that and a late …

Banff in all its Glory

Date: 7/22/2019 Day: 18 Distance: 15 miles start: 12 pm stop: 7 pm Steps: 42264 Elevation: 6309 ft Others Here: Coyote, Backtrack, Torga, his mother and sister, Mike and Ivan, several others Camp: Ball Pass Junction campsiteWhat3Words: https://w3w.co/smallish.converged.albinoThanks to Yote, we were able to get a hitch back up to sunshine village. This saved us a 7k road walk and, if I remember correctly, a 3000 ft climb.Hiking from Sunshine through Banff National Park in good weather was simply glorious. Surrounded by majestic mountains everywhere you look. It was a bit like a Congo line since everyone else was also …

Banff Zero

Date: 7/21/2019 Day: 17 Distance: 0 miles Steps: 9365 Elevation: 4455 ft Others Here: Coyote, Backtrack Camp: Inns at Banff What3Words: https://w3w.co/fidgeted.insightful.assemblies Lazed in the hotel most of the day today. Eventually ventured out and bought resupply for the next section, made several phone calls, and bit the bullet to buy some new shoes; Hoka Speedgoats. My Inov-8 shoes have left my feet aching after every long day. I love the Hokas for trail running so I feel good about the change. What a culture shock in town. The grocery was crazy busy and I found it difficult to make …