Posts Tagged ‘camping’

The Sunshine Coast Trail [SCT] is a no cost 180km back-country hut to hut hiking trail found on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast accessible by two short ferry hops from Vancouver.  The trail endpoints are at Sarah Point on the North Westerly tip and Saltry Bay on the South Easterly end and is more commonly hiked from Sarah Point to Saltry Bay.  The trail is extremely well marked with orange square markers every few meters and km markers throughout, the trail maintainers who volunteer to keep this trail open have truely done a magnificent job.

The trail transverses through young & old growth evergreen forest, over mountains, through valleys, along coastal shorelines, crossing creeks and streams with many beautiful secluded lakes along the way with water perfect for a dip.  This truly is a wilderness trail, at points along the way you can find yourself over thirty kilometers deep in the woods and wildlife with no signs of civilization other then the lightly trodden trail that reassuringly guides you through the forest innards and onto the next evenings camping destination.

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It’s March in Vancouver and this winter has been bleak, snow and cold and dark and wet and snow and dark, it’s been hailed as the worst winter Vancouver has seen in years according to the local folk.

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Apple weather informs me it’s gonna be a sunshiny weekend Friday through Monday so I decided I’d load up my motorcycle like an over burdened ass and take it on her maiden camping trip, destination, Olympic Peninsula, Washington.  I started out with no real plan only to try and evade work as early as possible and get on the road Friday afternoon headed for Deception Pass State Park, 150km south of Vancouver at the northern tip of Whidbey Island.

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Lake Garibaldi

So….I’ve been in Canada two months now and working full time on a software project for a company back home I was starting to get itchy feet (cabin fever), mostly from working and sleeping in the same room for a few weeks in a row that I decided to get out of doors for a few nights before the winter closes in and the hibernation begins.

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The Napau Crater Trail is found in The Volcano National Park Located on the island of Hawai’i, the largest and newest of the Hawaiian islands. The park is home to two active volcanoes, Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes and Mauna Loa, one of the world’s largest.  The beginning of the trail is found just off the Chain of Craters Road 12km south of the Kilauea Visitor’s Centre, there is a carpark right at the trailhead.
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Day 40 Date 17th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
126.7km
2,398km
Weather Sunny
Rolling Time Total Rolling  06:27:02
145:35:14
Terrain Hilly
Climbing Total Climbing  1813m
26, 794m
Spend
Coffee & Muffin $6.10
Food $8.09
Average Speed 19.9km/h Sleeping Free Camping
Max Speed 56.9km/h Difficulty Easy

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Day 35 Date 12th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
51.0km
2,060.2km
Weather Sunny/Foggy
Rolling Time Total Rolling  03:18:14
125:49:16
Terrain Some Hills
Climbing Total Climbing  861m
22,550m
Spend
Starbucks $8.60
Denny’s $20.00
Average Speed 15.5km/h Sleeping Free Camping
Max Speed 46.1km/h Difficulty Easy

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Day 33 Date 10th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
94.2km
1892.1km
Weather Rainy Day
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
04:56:20
116:59:56
Terrain Hilly
Climbing
Total Climbing 
1,113m
20,845m
Spend
Breakfast $17.00
Coffee $3.50
Groceries $54.03
Mc Donald’s $1.79
Average Speed 19.1km/h Sleeping Hostel
Max Speed 54.0km/h Difficulty Easy

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Day 29 Date 6th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
77.1km
1,748.4km
Weather Sunny, headwind
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
04:20:50
108:17:58
Terrain Mostly Flat
Climbing
Total Climbing 
774m
19,187m
Spend
Dinner $25.00
Coffee and pastry $6.00
Coffee & Muffin $5.25
Camping $7.00
Average Speed 17.8km/h Sleeping Camping
Max Speed 58.3km/h Difficulty Easy

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Day 28 Date 5th June 2015
Distance
Total Distance 
112.5km
1,671.3km
Weather Sunny , Foggy Patches
Rolling Time
Total Rolling 
09:51:56
103:57:08
Terrain Hilly
Climbing
Total Climbing 
1,615m
18,413m
Spend
Coffee/Tea/Food $12.00
Coffee & Nuts $4.00
Groceries $15.00
Camping $5.00
Average Speed 11.4k/h Sleeping Camping
Max Speed 55.1k/h Difficulty Tough

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