FKT: Alicia Woodside, Tara Berry - West Coast Trail (BC, Canada) - 2019-06-21

Gender category
Female
Route variation
Standard route
Style
Unsupported
Finish date
Total time
11h 34m 15s
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From Alicia's Strava:

One of those amazing days... the weather was amazing, the trail was relatively dry, the chips & candy tasted better than it ever has, the hikers had haloes.

We ran south from Port Renfrew to Bamfield, this was the best way to do it, as noted in Gary Robbins blog from 2010. The southern 20km is crazy technical which was really nice to do while fresh and alert from tons of morning coffee. Also, starting this way meant we couldn't possibly go out too hard at the beginning. (Simply too many roots, rocks, ladders, bridges, and crossings!) As per Matt Cecil's advice, we timed our run partially because of the tides. We started early (6am) so that the tides were out, that way we were able to choose between travelling on the trail or the beach in several parts of the middle of the run, depending on what we craved. Could not have done it efficiently without the support of Chris Brower & Holland Gidney, who brought our SUPs back across Gordon River and ultra-drove the car north all day to Bamfield!

Lol, the photos here don't really do justice to how technical the trail is, and how horrible the sand is. Kind of makes sense, these were the only times we were able to easily take photos :p

Oh yeah, this was so special doing it on National Indigenous Peoples Day and the Summer Solstice!

Full Trip Report:  https://notrunningforgold.com/2019/06/24/running-the-west-coast-trail-tara-and-alicias-2019-female-fkt/