About The Hiker

So if you’re here to read about hiking, or hiking in Canada, or hiking over 40, you may want to know a little more about me.

My day job is the Canadian Armed Forces, but I’m not a “lifer” soldier. I only joined a few years ago, when I turned 40. I’m the father of a quiver full of boys, who are just now beginning to launch. Spent all of my life in the West of Canada, and no matter where my job takes me, I know when it comes time to hang up my combat boots, I’ll be retiring to my Canadian Rockies.

I love to hike, but strangely, I haven’t had a lot of time to indulge this passion so far in life. In fact, dayhiking has been the bulk of my time on trail, but in the last few years I have been finally able to get out on more overnights, including 100km on the Great Divide Trail last summer.

So here I am – in my 40’s, heavier than I’d like to be, and on the cusp of finally making it all happen. I am dialling in my gear to minimize impact – I don’t want to blow out a knee or back through overwork at this point and take myself entirely out of the game so I am being careful and working on an ultralight setup.

I’ve been reading tons on the thru-hikes down in the USA, but don’t know if I’ll ever get a crack at them, just from a time perspective. However, thankfully there is a long trail or two (or three) in Canada, and maybe I will get to do a number on them!

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