Fri 11 Sep 2015 Tom Wilson 2015 Hike the Highlands Festival / CBHNP / Freshwater Lake Hiking Trail Comments Off on Day 1 – Freshwater Lake Hikes and Opening

Day 1 – Freshwater Lake Hikes and Opening

  Day 1 of  the 2015 Hike the Highlands Festival went well despite showers off and on in the evening.  Thirty six hikers enjoyed the 1st hike of the festival at Freshwater Lake and Look-off.  The hikers later went to the festival headquarters at St. John’s Hall to enjoy the opening...Read more

Fri 11 Sep 2015 Tom Wilson 2015 Hike the Highlands Festival / Freshwater Lake Hiking Trail Comments Off on 2015 Hike the Highlands Festival begins today

2015 Hike the Highlands Festival begins today

The 12th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival begins today, Friday, Sept. 11th, 2015 with two hikes in the evening and opening ceremonies. Freshwater Lake and Freshwater Lake Look-off hikes will start at 5:30 pm.  Our area has been having showers off and on today so it is highly recommended that you...Read more

Sun 17 May 2015 Tom Wilson spring hiking Comments Off on 10 Tips for Spring Hiking / / / / / /

10 Tips for Spring Hiking

I have learned over the years several lessons and tips to being prepared for spring hiking especially in the highlands of Cape Breton. They are: 1) Expect snow in May on trails, 2) expect high streams and difficult wet crossings. 3) Use hiking or trekking poles for balance and stability. 4) Wear...Read more

Sun 12 Apr 2015 Tom Wilson CBHNP / Hike Nova Scotia / Hike the Highlands Festival / Nature & Landscape Photography Comments Off on Preparing for the season – Part 4 – Set Goals & Challenges / / / / / /

Preparing for the season – Part 4 – Set Goals & Challenges

While I am preparing for the season, I usually set goals and challenges to keep me motivated before and during the hiking season. I am fortunate that I live in a hiking environment that has no shortages of challenges each year. They include two in Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Hike 10...Read more

Fri 10 Apr 2015 Tom Wilson Hiking Tips Comments Off on Preparing for the season – Part 3 – Fitness Level / / / / /

Preparing for the season – Part 3 – Fitness Level

It has been a quite a winter here in Northern Cape Breton and the highlands. It looks like it will be another month or so before the trails will be clear before hiking starts.  Throughout the winter, many of us have stayed active by snowshoeing, walking, skating, skiing and working out indoors (...Read more

Sun 05 Apr 2015 Tom Wilson Nature & Landscape Photography / Photography Comments Off on Nikon S9900 / / / / / /

Nikon S9900

Nikon has come out with a number of new cameras this spring. The latest is the  Nikon Coolpix S9900 . It is a great camera for hikers. It is lightweight and can fit in your pocket or small camera bag that can be attached to your hiking pants or daypack. The camera features a 30 […]Read more

Wed 18 Feb 2015 Tom Wilson Baselayers / Dressing in Layers / Mid-Layer / Raingear Comments Off on Preparing for the Season – Part 2 -Clothing / / / / /

Preparing for the Season – Part 2 -Clothing

An important part of preparing for the upcoming season is checking your clothing inventory and see if you need to replace and add anything for  hiking this year. Look at your budget and determine what is required. A number of outdoor stores/companies have items on sale during the winter/spring...Read more

Wed 14 Jan 2015 Tom Wilson Outdoor Gear / Trekking Poles Comments Off on Preparing for the Season – Part 1 – Equipment / / /

Preparing for the Season – Part 1 – Equipment

A new year has begun, 2015, and it is time to start preparing for the upcoming hiking season.  The first order of business is to do an inventory of your equipment, review the condition of the equipment and see what needs to be replace before the season starts. Here is a checklist to help you...Read more

Tue 13 Jan 2015 Tom Wilson Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Hike Nova Scotia / Hike the Highlands Festival Comments Off on Hike the Highlands – Snowshoe Series / /

Hike the Highlands – Snowshoe Series

Hike the Highlands Festival Society will be hosting three snowshoe hikes this winter(2015) in partnership with Hike Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Watch for the Hike the Highlands Sign for parking area. All hikes start at 10:00 am. 1)  Freshwater Lake – Saturday, Jan....Read more

Mon 12 Jan 2015 Tom Wilson Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Hike Nova Scotia / Hike the Highlands Comments Off on 2015 – A New Year of Challenges / / /

2015 – A New Year of Challenges

I have registered for my first challenge of the new year – 1000 km hiker distance award with Hike Nova Scotia. In this challenge you must walk, snowshoe or hike 1000 km in Nova Scotia.  In past years, I have came close, but close doesn’t count.  Fingers crossed for 2015. I am off to a...Read more