Obstacles = Success on Algonquin Hike

The boys are back from their hike in Algonquin Provincial Park. It was a resounding success. While Zach seemed to find the first section tiring, his enthusiasm was reignited when the hiking got MORE difficult! Luke also found that what they referred to on the trip as “obstacles” made the hiking more interesting and took their minds off of their pack loads. Deadfall on the trail, uphills and giant mud puddles traversed by balancing on logs were far more fun than the boring old straight aways.

The weather was perfect and the report back from Fraser was that the gear we have set the boys up with worked perfectly. Zach rocked his new Deuter Fox 30 backpack and Luke took along his trusty MEC Big Squeeze. Both boys were in new hiking boots as well. While they’ve been breaking in them in for a while now, this was the first real hike that they were tested out on and there were no complaints. Luke sported Keen Targhee II Mid’s and Zach’s Timberland’s provided blister free comfortable feet.

With our longest and most challenging hike to date just short of three weeks away, my mind is now at ease that our boys are well prepared and looking forward to the fun. And there won’t be any lack of obstacles in Pukaskwa, the terrain will be one challenge after another. So obstacles beware, we’re coming to get ya!

Now THAT’S an obstacle!

9 responses to this post.

  1. Nice moves you guys! Good call to test run the gear before Pukaskwa and awesome that it’s all running smooooothly.
    Thanks for the post Jen – looking forward to hearing all about the Coastal Hike in 3 weeks!


  2. Posted by beechcreekproject on May 8, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    That is some gnarly looking deadfalls along that trail. Looks like a tornado set down and twisted it’s way up the trail. Looked like fun though. Good luck on your hike and stay safe.


    • It does look like a twister passed through there doesn’t it?! Thanks for your best wishes…Pukaskwa is going to be ten times harder, but I’m more concerned about the bears than the brush…lol!


      • Posted by beechcreekproject on May 8, 2012 at 10:30 PM

        We have a pretty good supply of black bear in my area (eastern Oklahoma) but they are skittish and avoid contact most of the time. You guys have some that can be a little more aggressive. Wish you the best of luck.

  3. Posted by The Big Picture Calgary on May 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    I miss Algonquin 😦 We’re going to have to make a special trip out east to introduce our son to it.


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