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On August 15, 1999 at 12:15pm,


what started as only an idea four years earlier,


became reality...






Are you backpacking the West Coast Trail?



This site provides information related to Backpacking the West Coast Trail

 including background, history, packing tips, 

and a complete log of one group's experience as they traveled along it's route.



While this website embelishes the tale of the trip somewhat, the West Coast Trail has been called "one of the most gruelling treks in North America" - perhaps to some controvery. Let me just say this: under a string of good, dry weather, the trail is certainly not more than a walk, but if mother nature sends rain and cooler temperatures, it can become much, much more work - perhaps even gruelling.


Also, if you enjoy this site (and appreciate all of the work I put into it), please take a look at my latest book - details are at the bottom of every page... a guy's got to earn a living ; >)


Thanks... Parry Loeffler


Join one man's journey into

           the heart of Asia

with nothing but a backpack...


"The hardest thing is explaining to your co-workers that

               you're grouchy

because you were up until 1am reading..."

Ada Litvinov

Rice Crust from the Bottom of the Pot: A Journey Across South East Asia

Although in creating this site I have tried to make the information as accurate as possible, it is not meant to be a guide, and I accept no responsibility for any loss, injury, or inconvenience sustained by anyone using the information.


Backpacking the West Coast Trail

  2005 Parry Loeffler