GPS NEWS DECEMBER 2010
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A REAL STORY ABOUT BACKROADS MAPS
We recently hiked the West Coast Trail, Canada’s premier, world class hiking trail. It runs 75km along Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast from Port Renfrew to Bamfield. To call this a trail is to do it an injustice – it is at best a ‘route’ with surprisingly random markings, and at worst a wilderness trek through some of the most difficult terrain yours truly has ever encountered. The trail starts in a dense rainforest with limited points of reference and progresses from there to include hundreds of ladders, over 10 major stream and surge channel crossings, as well as the inherent difficulty of walking a very rugged shoreline with daily tides of 15ft or more.
Much of the trail through the rainforest is difficult to follow particularly in the rainy season, which as far as I can tell is all year. Storms pummel the west coast on a regular basis, knocking down huge cedars and firs with impunity. Despite heroic efforts of the Parks Service to maintain the trail, the combined impact of 6000 hikers and a very tough environment result in a trail that, by the end of hiking season in September, is often very difficult to follow – particularly for first timers. The pictures tell it all!
We carried Garmin’s new 62s, with Backroads’ BC map loaded as an SD card. I lost count of the number of times we used the Backroads routing to reorient ourselves to the trail in the forest. It was also tremendously helpful in identifying shore access/egress points which are often hard to see. And more than once it prevented us from having to backtrack around impassable shoreline features. Backroads Alberta and BC hiking maps are rapidly becoming the standard for serious backcountry enthusiasts. They are an excellent supplement to the Pacific Rim Hiking Trail Map and made our trip safer and much less stressful.
To learn more about hiking the West Coast Trail, click on the following link: https://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/bc/pacificrim/activ/activ6a/v.aspx .
(President of GPS Central)
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