Hiking The West Coast Trail

A few summers back I went on the hike of a lifetime on the West Coast Trail. The trail is a 75 km (47 mi) long backpacking trail following the southwestern edge of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It was built in 1907 to facilitate the rescue of survivors of shipwrecks along the coast. It is considered one of the top hikes in the world and my buddy and I took the recommended 7 days to enjoy the journey.

75 km, 7 days & 6 nights of hikers bliss… eagles, bears, whales, sea-lions, ladders, bridges, cable cars, beaches, forest, ocean, sun, rain, mist and lots of great people! The story is too long to tell here but here is a compilation of some of my photos followed by my all important packing list. (for the story behind the photos, check out my Facebook photos)

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CLOTHES
___ Hiking Boots (waterproof)
___ Jogging shoes (for camp)
___ Water shoes
___ 3 pairs hiking Socks
___ Hiking Gators
___ 5 Briefs (underwear)
___ Gloves
___ Toque
___ Sports cap
___ 3 T-Shirts (poly)
___ Pullover
___ Hiking Jacket w/hood
___ 2 pairs Hiking Pants with zippers to convert to shorts
___ belt
___ rain poncho

PACKING
___ Backpack (60-Liter)
___ MEC Daypack Rain Cover

NAVIGATION
___ maps (supplied at trailhead)
___ paper, pencil
___ LED headlamp
___ cell phone
___ w/xtr battery pack-solar

ESSENTIALS & OTHER ITEMS
___ first aid kit (moleskin)
___ swiss army classic knife
___ waterproof matches @ & lighter
___ duct tape
___ candle
___ all items in dry bags
___ sun glasses in hard case
___ bug repellant
___ towel MicroFibre-Small
___ toilet paper
___ moist wipes
___ hiking poles
___ 50 ft of nylon rope
___ digital camera
___ antihistamine
___ tarp
___ small umbrella
___ bear bells

WATER
___ 2 1-liter water bottles
___ Water
___ Iodine tablets

SLEEPING
___ 2 man tent
___ 3 season sleeping bag
___ Backpackers Pillow
___ Sleeping pad
___ Ear plugs

COOKING
___ Trail Stove
___ Gas
___ Backpackers pot w/cover
___ Backpackers dish
___ Backpackers cup
___ Spork

FOOD
___ Food 1800-2000 calories per day

BREAKFAST – x 6
___ Instant Porridge (2 pacs/day)
___ Dried Fruit (Blueberries)
___ Instant coffee mix sweetened

SNACK (morning)- x 6
___ Power bars (Power & Vector)

LUNCH – x 6
___ Pita Bread
___ Individual Cheese packets
___ Beef Jerky
___ granola bars
___ canned Tuna

SNACK (afternoon)
___ Toblerone chocolate (1 piece/day)
___ deluxe nuts & cranberry & M&M candies
___ 6 bags of dried fruit (raisins, dried bananas, apples & apricots)

DINNER – x 6
___ Freeze dried dinners (MEC)
___ packs of hot chocolate & tea

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2 Responses to Hiking The West Coast Trail

  1. Sylvia butler says:

    Mark, Just love reading your posts…you never know what new data you’ll get from them. They are as versatile as you!

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