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Sun reflecting off the ice

As new year begins, many hikers take time to reflect on the past year,2011 and what it was for them. Hikers remember the trails they hiked, the people they have meet, those incredible photos taken and those special memories.

It is now time to plan and prepare for the 2012 season… 1) One of the first things I like to do is review my equipment & its condition, do a complete  inventory and see what is needed to purchase for this year. Looks like it will be a new pair of boots and daypack,  2)  Develop a fitness plan for the winter and spring as well set kilometre goals for 2012.  I know that to stay in shape I need to do so many kilometres each year but I am careful not to become a fitness hiker where I miss those special moments with nature & photos. I have set a lofty goal of 1000 kms in 2012, 3) Improve my photography & creative skills  with the camera and take more 5 stars pictures.

Ice in the brook

And finally, 4) Develop a wish list of a new trails and challenges to explore. These include a) the hike a 100 km  for the Hikers Distance Award at the Hike the Highlands festival,  b) Complete the Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge ( hike 3 mountains in one day on Saturday, July 21, 2012,  c) hike Snowdon Mountain, Wales, the last of the UK 3 Peaks Challenge mountains to hike, d) East Coast Trail in Newfoundland and Labrador, and e) Cape Chignecto.  Other challenges on my list include Ride for Diabetes in June at Little Bras d”Or, , Cycling the Confederation Trail (300 km) in PEI and doing the Not Since Moses 10k/5k Walk & Run event.

Wow it certainly plans to be a busy year….Have you started planning your schedule for hiking in 2012 ?  I wish all hikers happiness, good health and lots of hiking in 2012.

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Emily Forrest

Emily Forrest

On April 24, 2011, Emily Forrest did it – she walked 99kms in 19 hours to raise over $2,000 in funds for Diabetes. Her original  goal was to do it 24 hours but she surpassed it. An amazing feat for a great person. She average 5. 2 kms an hour…. She started at 3:00 am. and in the rain followed by windy conditions, then sun followed by darkness…. finishing  after 9:00 pm… She faced a little bit of everything with the weather. Congratulations Emily…on your accomplishment and helping raise funds for diabetes.

Emily previously walked the coastline of Prince Edward Island and last year walked the coastline of Nova Scotia over 3,000 kms in 88 days. She averaged 40 kms a day.   Her goal in 2010 was to encourage more people to participate in the Walkabout program of  the Heart & Stroke Foundation and Brigadoon Village for kids with chronic illness.  I had the pleasure of walking with her for 2 days in Victoria County. A very down to earth person, who believes in causes and working hard for them. She was honored recently at the Government House in Halifax by Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia , Mayann Francis with the Heart & Stroke Volunteer Award.

Emily Forrest and Heart & Stroke Volunteer Award

Lieutenant Governor, Mayann Francis presenting Emily Forrest with Heart & Stroke Volunteer Award

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