Day 7: Waterdown - Kilbride, 193.5 km completed

After a well-deserved break in the morning at Trail Angel Brittany’s house, we set off again in Waterdown to finish up our first week of hiking! It’s crazy to think we’ve been away for so long already, and a look back over the Escarpment showed us just how much ground we’ve covered. The buildings across the border are now out of sight, and we can barely see most of the ridges we crossed in those first gruelling days. 

A lot of the trail was spent on the side of the road today, so we set quite a fast pace even for us. Along the way, we climbed up Mount Nemo, crossed a number of farmers’ fields, and debated the subtle details of how best to tie a hiking boot (suffice to say that we’re running out of conversation topics; we can definitely use your suggestions).

A quick update on our fundraising goals - we’ve now raised over $4,300 thanks to your support! With my company matching every dollar you donate, it means that together we’ve raised $8,600 to support youth development in Toronto. Thanks so much to everyone who’s donated! We are SO CLOSE to reaching our $5,000 goal, so we can really use your support to get over this final hurdle. Go tell your friends and family about these 2 crazy hikers and let’s see what we can do!

Friday Fact - Elevation

So, you thought Ontario was flat, eh? Thought it was all gently rolling hills and vineyards as far as the eye could see, did ya punk?! Well guess what, the Bruce Trail runs up and down the Niagara Escarpment dozens of times every day, and has enough elevation change to have any Rocky Mountaineer begging for mercy. We’ve only been here a week, and already we’ve gone almost 4km straight up - that’s higher than the distance from Everest’s base camp to the top of the Mountain! You’ve gotta be tough if you want to scale these limestone routes day in and day out.

Happy Trails,

Chris