Yesterday morning we left Port Renfrew early in the morning, on a charter aboard Brian Gisborne's Michelle Diana. During the height of the summer hiking season along the famed West Coast Trail, Brian is busy running a shuttle service between Port Renfrew and Bamfield (the south and north ends of the ~80 km trail).
Inside the Michelle Diana, looking out the stern. Note the pile of equipment and bags. Weather turned to classic BC drizzle during the trip. (Photo: NDP)
On shore finally, after the dropoff. Each one of those objects made the treacherous boat-boat-shore transition. Here we are organizing equipment into two groups: those that need to go 3 km south, and the others than need to go 200 ft uphill by trail and ladders. (Photo: J.A . Goldbogen)
Negotiating a crossing of Carmanah Creek. Here the entire group helps deliver the crucial field equipment to the excavation site. (Photo: J. A. Goldbogen).
NDP crosses Carmanah Creek. (Photo: J. A. Goldbogen)
NDP, two Parks Canada rangers, and Jerry Etzkorn (the keeper of the Carmanah lighthouse) discuss the prep for excavating. (Photo J. A. Goldbogen)