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Day 5 – West Coast Trail 2021

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Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles.

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Day 5 – June 13, 2021
Culite to Km 65

Wow. What a fantastic campsite.

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Protected from the rain by the cliff, I had my own personal kitchen.

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Here’s the impassable headland at Cullite.

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Therefore everyone heads up the the ladders. Those at Cullite highest of all.

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Top of the stairs is a quagmire of mud and trippy roots.

But the inland trail can be beautiful.

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Wild and weird mushrooms.

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One of the most interesting creatures is the Banana slug.

If you could eat them, you’d never starve. And they have been eaten by humans — but are not appetizing. Remove the slime first.

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DAMN. I slipped in a mud pit — face first — badly bruising my thigh on a hidden root.

The leg seemed to work … but was painful. I limped on with the logic of walking it off.

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Expect MUD on the WCT.

I can’t go on, I’ll go on.

Our plan had been to camp on the beach Km 65 . Cross Owen Point at low tide next morning. And out to Port Renfrew.

Km 65 is only 8km from Cullite — but the short day sounded good since I was now injured and moving slowly.

Unfortunately there was no place to set up a tent near Km 65. 😕

I decided to camp right on the trail. A good spot, actually.

I was able to secure my food because I’d carried it in an Ursack.

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Ursack AllMitey bear bag

No campfire.

Went to be early hoping the leg wouldn’t hematoma.

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