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West Coast Trail (6/23/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike - Backpack
Event Location: Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 23 2018  8:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Feb 28 2017 8:00:00 AM
Event Duration:11 days
Difficulty Rating:D6: Difficult to Advanced
Event Coordinator(s): Ben Cheong
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Member Cost:$1,000.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:6
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 5 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Have 1 last spot available. Get on the waitlist, will contact you for more background info on your suitability for the trip. Do not send any monies until you've been confirmed. Please read the event details and let me know if you have questions.

7 Beautiful Days on the West Coast Trail.
The West Coast Trail is a 75 kilometre (47 mile) backpack through thick lush, wet rainforests of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The West Coast Trail takes you through many weather systems and eco-systems exploring along sandstone cliffs, navigating across rivers, sinking treks over sandy beaches, navigating tide tables, jumping surge channels, walking boardwalk, crossing in cable cars, balancing over log bridges, climbing ladders straight up and down, crossing rope bridges and of course... slogging through mud. It is a trail for the strong willed, healthy bodied, experienced, well prepared backpacker only, one who adheres to low impact wilderness camping rules.

IT IS ONLY FUN IF YOU ARE PREPARED. Muddy bogs, ladders and rain. But people still go year after year. One of the toughest trails to do in Canada because of the conditions. Not for the fainthearted. You should be in good physical condition and be able to handle the rigors of carrying a heavy pack from camp to camp over challenging terrain and conditions for a whole week. There will be some training overnight backpacks. If you are new to backpacking, you will need to attend some training events, contact the coordinator on this.

- We fly out on the morning of June 23, overnight in Victoria.
- Head to the trail head early in the morning and start the hike on June 24
- Have fun backpacking on the WCT for 7 days
- Spend three nights in Victoria after the hike to R&R. Planned activities include one optional day of kayaking along the Victoria Harbour Coast.
- Go home to Calgary on July 2 with lots of fond memories. You may choose to extend your stay if you want.

- Rugged, uneven ground: it takes approximately 3 days on average to travel the southern 22 km of the trail between Gordon River and Walbran Creek.
- Slippery conditions on muddy trails, wooden surfaces, boulders and rocky shorelines.
- Wading rivers, climbing ladders, using cable cars, following an irregular trail, negotiating steep slopes and earth slumps.
- Damaged structures: trail maintenance is ongoing and the condition of structures can change at any time.
- A temperate rainforest climate. Rainfall averages 330 cm (130 in.) per year with heavy rainfall possible at any time and frequently. Floodwaters can delay hikers for days. Fog is also common. The average summer temperature is 14° Celsius (57° F). Incidents of hypothermia and physical injury increase significantly during prolonged wet periods.
- It may take more than 24 hours for help to arrive.

- The indicated cost covers the Trail Permit, WCT Bus return transfers to the trail heads, return flight to Victoria, 3 nights stay in a hostel (shared rooms). Currently the amounts of the Trail Permit and Bus Transfer ($335 per person) is due as these have been paid . The remaining costs for the flights and hotel is currently estimated and to be determined later.
- There will be NO REFUNDS after the registration cut off if a suitable replacement cannot be found. READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING UP. Any questions ask first.
- Must be fit enough to tackle the trail. Be prepared to train for the event. - We will be Sticking together as a group - There will be pre-trip meets and training backpacking events (TBA-wait for mail). Attendance is MANDATORY if you have not backpacked with me before

Required Items to Bring:
- An adventurous spirit.
- Lightweight backpacking camping stuff. Exact items TBA later. Be prepared to go lightweight. So no kitchen sink or cast iron pot bellied stove (well, maybe except for Ben, he tends to lug too much). Aim for a fully loaded pack of under 1/3 of your body weight. The lighter the better! But no mooching of things from others. Be prepared to be self sufficient if needed.
- Things to share on trip
- A cheerful and hardy disposition
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- $$ might be useful
- Camera to capture the memories

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Aim for somewhere between Bamfield and Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, British Colimbia.


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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$1,000.00/Person
Cost Includes:- Trail permit, bus transfer - $335
- Balance of cost is for flight and hostel (shared) currently estimated, should be less. TBC.
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the COC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!
*Note: Refunds are not possible unless a suitable replacement is found.