Dave Grice and John Lam on one of the many cable car crossings
For Dave, completing the West Coast Trail for the third time was extra special. Dave wanted the trail to mean something bigger than his own physical challenge to complete it. Fortunate enough to spend some time with Rob the first night talking about Rob’s life journey, what IDEAS was all about and how it especially made a positive impact in many kids lives, Dave knew right away he was trekking for something much larger than his own accomplishment: “I was able to take that sense of purpose with me on the hike. I often thought of the people that donated already as my support team along the mud, ladders and sand. I was doing this hike for them too.”
It’s been a few days since the trekkers left the West Coast Trail and they’re slowly digesting their experiences. As the next couple of weeks pass by we’ll be bringing you their thoughts and photos of this incredible journey they’ve undertaken to support the Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society. You can still donate online to support the trekkers fund raising goals through Canada Helps.
Dave talked about highlights of the hike and far and away for him, he appreciated the efforts of the Sea to Sky guides, Mark and Bill.
“I’d peek out of my tent in the morning and already see a fire and hot water ready for tea. So many times, Bill would point out the right step to take on a slippery slope. Mark, with 2 bags of wood supported on his shoulders as he walked back to camp to get a fire started and our amazing meals. Plus the extra perks like the amazing feast at Chez Monique’s, the private beach, dinner at the cave and seeing orcas, his inspiring braveheart rendition before the ladders and much more. Also, this fabulous group I hiked with. I admired and laughed at the continual bantering. It kept an upbeat atmosphere the whole trip. And any time I needed it, a hand was there to help whether it was Cal offering to help me put on my backpack, Simone stopping to take a picture for me and the Cliff bar Todd tossed my way on the last day when I really needed a fuel-up. Team WOW for sure!”
Dave also took the time to fully absorb the incredible beauty of the West Coast Trail. He loved what Paul said, “it doesn’t matter what time it is – just be here now.” Unless of course they were timing a surge channel crossing with tides! Dave was able to fully see, hear, feel and smell the experience. Though he admits some smells were not so good. ” I loved every day whether it was sun, cloud or rain,” said Dave. “Some of my favourite days were hiking in the mist (as Duane put it, “that’s not rain! It’s mist!”). Getting away on a longer hike like this also provided Dave a sense of gratitude for all the gifts he already has in his life.
The trip was an awesome experience for everyone involved. Special thanks to Sea to Sky Adventures and the IDEAS team!