I came across an intriguing series on the CBC website the other day, called "Seven". It’s basically the adventures of Mark Kelley, a reporter/anchor who I’ve always found fun to watch. Each week features a different ‘life’ that he takes on for seven days — teachers, homeless, hitchhiker, and others. This week, they featured a trip along the West Coast trail in British Columbia. Kelley embarks on his first backpacking trip in a two part account of his adventure. The two episodes are quite funny — although I was surprised at how ‘supported’ the backpacking trail is for groups (not to diminish the apparent difficulty of it, though. I wonder if the backcountry meals provided by people who live in the area are for each traveler?) Also, it seemed that quite a bit of the trail was elevated on bridges, ladders, ropes, etc. Of course, they are filming and he’s stopping along the way to talk to people, but I guess I thought it would be more ‘out-there’ than it appeared to be. A good watch though and the report touches on some of the sentiments that make me enjoy backpacking — in areas with a little less people if I can help it .
Check out the videos on the CBC "Seven" site: http://www.cbc.ca/news/media/seven.html