(1) Why are you hiking?
(2) What is the biggest challenge you have out there on The Great Trail?
There are a number of challenges out here including, staying clean, dealing within the weather which is unpredictable and varies daily between Cold winds, Harsh heat, Wind which burns, and staying dry after days of endless rain storms. In addition we have found now that the insects, which began, can be tough each day even with bug jackets and hoods on with insect spray.
(4) What type of tent do you use? Do you know there are lighter tents out there?
(5) How do you stay clean out there?
(6) How do you get water? How do you clean water?
(7) What do you eat each day?
(8) How do you stay warm at night?
(9) Do you know the others hiking the The Great Trail?
(10)How did you decide when to start your hike?
(11)How do you plan for all of this?
(12)How did you decide which part of the country to start your hike?
(13)Are you afraid of bears or wolves or snakes out there?
(14)How do people react to you on the trail or in towns?
(15)How much does all of this cost?
(16)How many days of food do you carry on you?
This varies day by day. In so many ways food is dead weight when you carry it, and so you try to aim for the minimum as best as you can. If you are trekking between 2 large urban centres and can get away with covering the distance between them in 3 days, then we carry 4 days or maybe 5 days of food to be prepared. So the simple answer is that we carry enough, plus 2 days extra to get between resupply points. The key is always to be prepared for any eventuality. For the 146 km stretch over the Topsails section of the province we will be carrying 7-9 days worth of meals for both of us.
(18)What is the trail like?
(19)Do you ever night hike?
(20)How do you resupply out there?
(22)Do you always carry a backpack on you? Or do you have a support team in a van?
(23)How does your family feel about this? Are they going to join you out there?
(24)Have you ever been sick or seriously injured while backpacking?
(25)What is your typical day like?
That is the long version, the short version, as Sean likes to say is that we sleep, cook, hike, cook, clean, write, repeat....
(26)How many miles / km have you gone on The Great Trail?
At present we are sitting just west of Grand Falls-Windsor about 15 km beyond the half way marker on the Newfoundland section of The Great Trail which means we have trekked about 450 km in total across Newfoundland this year in addition to the 300 + km of the East Coast Trail (which is also part of The Great Trail) that we completed in 2018.
(27)Do you ever get lost?
(28)Does having others like Dana Meise, Sarah Jackson, Dianne Whelan and Mel Vogel out there and having done some of this trail help?