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Seventy plus hikers enjoyed summer like conditions on day 2 of the hiking festival. With 25 plus degrees, and new terrain,  the new hikes were well received – White Point to Burnt Head and Coastal.  A great day for being  outdoors, enjoying great company & scenery, and  for taking pictures.

The day ended with a Introduction to GPS workshop with Derek Quann and Wally Hayes presentation  “Journey into the World of Digital Photography”.

Day 3 hikes are Meat Cove Mountain and Cape St. Lawrence/Lowland Cove. Our weather changes dramatically for day 3 with chance of showers in the morning and rain in the afternoon.

Please find below a few pictures of the White Point to Burnt Head and return hike.


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Follow Hike the Highlands on Twitter

Follow Hike the Highlands on Twitter

Join our community on twitter – http://twitter.com/hikethehighland  and be in the loop…and up-to-date with hiking news.  Twitter allows you 140 characters – roughly two sentences and uses tinyurl for web url’s.  If you text message alot – twitter is made for you.

Two programs you might be interested in if you use twitter a bit is tweetdeck – connecting your contacts across twitter, facebook and more and twhirl – social software client. Twitpic allows to you to share photos on twitter.

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Backpacker magazine has a brand new website with more features, more content on gear, hikes, travel, skills and survivial.  Lots of videos, podcasts and blogs on outdoor subjects. You can also join the Backpacker community -Post a trip, gear reviews, comment on forums, create a profile and much more.

April’s edition of Backpacker Magazine features a number articles that include The Perfect Pool, 2008 Editors’ Choice Awards – best packs, tents, boots and other gear,  Live Earth, Shock and Awe, Backpacker Exclusive: Our Carbon -Neutral Project,  Basecamp articles on adventures, nature and skills and much more.

One item that caught my attention in the Editors Choice Awards were the  Scarpa Kailash GTX hiking boots.  They were rated the top boot for this year. They are good for rugged day hikes, trail hiking and have gore-tex linings.  You can purchase these boots at Mountain Equipment Stores and online at www.mec.ca  for $199. 

Just six months away from the 2008 Hike the Highlands Festival, Sept. 12-21.


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“Today I was challenged and rewarded,” can best described my hike today – the Guided Wilderness Hiking Adventures Hike at Ingonish Harbour. This was one of the 18 guided hikes during the 4th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival.  It was full of many nice surprises and interesting adventures. A hike that was memorable thanks to our guide, Lawrence Barron, sweepers – Lisa Dixon, Becky Jackson and Maurena Barron and fellow hikers. A wonderful group of people that made for an amazing experience.

It was interesting to note on the Guided Wilderness Hiking Adventures web site, it states “This is a lifetime experience that visitors will truly remember and cherish”. This is so true.  They say a picture says a thousand words – enjoy the slideshow below of just a few pics of this wonderful experience.

The rain stayed away and over 80 hikers enjoyed three hikes during the second day of the Hike the Highlands Festival. Broad Cove Mountain and Jigging Cove Lake were the other feature guided hikes today that attracted a large group of hikers on each hike.  It pays to have a retired meteorologist on your board.

Tomorrow’s weather – Sunday, Sept. 16 ,  A mix of sound and cloud, 30% chance of showers.  (note- Environment Canada forecast at 10:00 pm on Saturday).  Sunday’s hikes feature Cape St. Lawrence-Lowland Cove, starts at 10:00 am. – meet at Meat Cove Welcome Center and  White Point Hike, starts at 10:00 am.  meet at White Point Wharf.  Tomorrow is also the Terry Fox Run and we asked all Canadians to support this important event for cancer.

 The Cape Breton Weather Watching evening presentation by Bill Danielson was well received and attracted almost a full house of hikers. Bill is the author of Cape Breton Weather Watching book, a retired meteorologist, and a board member of the Hike the Highlands Festival. Bill has volunteered to give daily weather forecasts for Hikers at the Festival Headquarters at Heather room, Glenghorm Beach Resort each day.  Thanks Bill for the sunny and ideal hiking conditions forecast so far. I see Monday & Tuesday look good – sunny. Keep up the great work.

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Jigging Cove Lake

The first day of the Hike the Highlands Festival went well and featured the Jack Pine Guided Hike and the opening ceremonies.  There were 31 hikers enjoyed the guided hike of the Jack Pine Trail led by guides Mary MacDonald and Bethsheila Kent and sweeprs Sandra Curtis and Robert Dauphinee.  The registration desk was brisk all day and opening ceremonies in Heather room was packed.  Many enjoyed Thirsty Hiker Pub afterwards.

Tomorrow, Saturday Sept. 15th  features the Guided Wilderness Hike at Ingonish Harbour and Broad Cove Mountain in the morning , both starting at 10:00 am. and Jigging Cove Lake in the afternoon beginning at 2:00 pm.  I am heading to Ingonish Harbour for the Guided Wilderness Hike tomorrow with my nordic walking poles and looking forward to getting some great photo shots.  Will post them tomorrow night.

Weather forecast tomorrow indicates 40% chance of showers in the afternoon, high of 19 degrees  and rain at times heavy in the evening 20-30 mm.  Hmm looks like I have a good chance to get my hike in before the rain hits. Sure hope so.

Picture feature above is Jigging Cove Lake and Mary MacDonald, one of the Hike the Highlands Festival Guides. She will be leading the hike to Jigging Cove Lake tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 pm.  

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