Carly Wiechnik

Hi I'm Carly! I live in Victoria on wonderful Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. I'm a nutrition student. I am hiking the (yet to be officially opened) Vancouver Island Trail this summer 2022! Beginning from my front door at the southern tip, I'm making my way to the northernmost point on the island on my ~800km (500mi) journey. I hope to share the beauty and magic of this place through my blogs and adventures!

Posts

Back on the Horse (Bonus Day!)

Back on the Horse (Bonus Day!)

Yes, I thought I was done. I thought this summer's journey on the Vancouver Island Trail was over. I thought I would just have to leave the few

Sep 5, 2022 : Carly Wiechnik
Days of Lakes/Finale (Days 49-50)

Days of Lakes/Finale (Days 49-50)

It was the morning of day 49. I was sore. I was tired. I was off trail and didn’t yet have a plan to get back on track. I watched the inside of my

Aug 20, 2022 : Carly Wiechnik
The Decision to Bail (Day 48)

The Decision to Bail (Day 48)

Day 48 was an adventure, to say the very least. I had no idea what I was in for when I woke up that morning, all excited for the day’s hike, still

Aug 19, 2022 : Carly Wiechnik
Read This for Pics (Day 47)

Read This for Pics (Day 47)

Back on the Ridge It took me 20 minutes longer to get to the top of the ridge on the morning of day 47, compared to the day before when I wasn’t

Aug 18, 2022 : Carly Wiechnik
Back Up High (Days 42-46)

Back Up High (Days 42-46)

Off With a Bang After 3 days of chilling (42-43-44), my last chunk of the trail started off with a bang. A 32km day, with more than a kilometer of

Aug 18, 2022 : Carly Wiechnik
The Finish Line (Days 40-41)

The Finish Line (Days 40-41)

The Anticlimax Day 40 arrived. It was the final stretch to reach the Cape Scott lighthouse, the northern endpoint of the VIT. I thought I would have

Aug 10, 2022 : Carly Wiechnik
Low Tides and Mud Slides (Days 37-39)

Low Tides and Mud Slides (Days 37-39)

I <3 Mud Day 37 started off with the much hated overland section of the North Coast Trail. I ascended with the help of some ropes into a giant

Aug 10, 2022 : Carly Wiechnik
Coastal Celebration (Days 34-36)

Coastal Celebration (Days 34-36)

Missing Pieces I left Cluxewe early in the morning in order to head north along the coast to Port Hardy. But, because the river was only ford-able

Aug 10, 2022 : Carly Wiechnik
Place of Refuge (Days 31-33)

Place of Refuge (Days 31-33)

Running Across the Tracks I packed up early on the morning of day 31 to continue my train track trek along the valley and make it to the other end

Aug 1, 2022 : Carly Wiechnik
Back From Vacation (Days 22-30)

Back From Vacation (Days 22-30)

Sad Days The morning of day 22 saw me limp into the town of Woss, crying. On top of the pain of my swollen ankle, I felt depleted of all my energy.

Jul 31, 2022 : Carly Wiechnik