I don’t know what it was that pulled us towards Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland. Maybe it was the fact that it was on the opposite side of the country than our previous epic trip (West Coast Trail) or maybe because it was something different than what we usually do. Whatever it was, Chris, Sarah and I decided that we were going to combine both unmarked map and compass hikes: The North Rim Traverse and The Long Range Traverse.
Backpacking the West Coast Trail is an adventure of a lifetime and it ranks as my all time favourite backpacking trip. If you ever get the chance to do it, you should jump at it. The West Coast Trail claims to be one of the top backpacking trails in the world and with good reason. Read on to find out what makes it so amazing.
While I settled on the current title for the name of this adventure, “Trial by fire in the Adirondacks (or how Ikea tealights saved us)” is a lot more descriptive of how it went down. This was my first real backpacking trip and I can honestly say that it taught me most of the lessons I needed to learn for all my future backpacking trips. Painful lessons but at least I didn’t have to take a survival course to learn them right?