WEEK 8 Trip Report
July 22, 2009
Bruce Trail Expedition 2009
Wolfmaan’s Final Week as a thru hike on the Bruce Trail
As the final week in July, Wolfmaan made slow progress on the Bruce Trail, and his trek has now come to a close as a thru-hike.
“My goal of doing this hike was not to finish the entire Bruce Trail in one go, but to go out prove it could be done barefoot without getting injured or killed..” Adventurer Wolf Starchild said. Wolfmaan also stated that he has made friends and memories for a lifetime which far outweighs simply completing his trek.
The Bruce trail was not quite what Wolfmaan expected “Although I did tons of research on the trail before choosing to hike it, I expected there to be much more legal camping and overnight rest areas available” he said. “Although breathtakingly beautiful, the trail is truly not designed to be thru hiked like the Appalachian Trail in the United States”.
“I don’t care if I didn’t finish the entire trail in one go” Wolfmaan commented. “I have done something no one else has done – Hiked over 400km of the Bruce Trail barefoot” Wolfmaan goes on to say that he will finish the Bruce Trail as a series of smaller 3 day hikes until it’s complete. “We all have bills and obligations, so I Luka and I have to get back to work” he said. Luka, his 2 year old Husky is a registered Therapy Dog with St. John Ambulance.
Criticised for using Satellite technology and other high tech gear on the trail Wolfmaan was quick to say “Go ahead and bash me if you must, but I had a great time and saw so much of my country. I did this hike for me, no one else. I spent almost 60 days camping and hiking, and lost 20 kilo. Not too many people have that opportunity.”
Interestingly Wolfmaan mentioned “I didn’t do this for fame or fortune, or to gain any recognition. I took on this hike to do something I’ve always dreamed of doing”. When asked what his next adventure will be he said “Let me finish the Bruce Trail First” and laughed.
Wolfmaan is the first person in the history of the Bruce Trail to hike over 400km of the 850km barefoot. Details and photos available at http://www.wolfmaan.com