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Dustin Walker

Dustin Walker is a journalist, travel copywriter and editor/owner of Slick and Twisted Trails. Follow him on Twitter @dustinjaywalker

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Digital Gear (2):The 10 most useful hiking apps

By Dustin Walker

I don’t really care about how many steps I’ve taken or whether I can easily organize photos of my trek in a nifty digital journal. Not interested in gear checklists either. What I do want is information. I want statistics and  maps and field guides so I can identify that weird-ass bug crawling on the roof […]

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Digital Gear: How smartphones hit the trail

By Dustin Walker

“I’m going to rock out the rest of the way.” And with that my hiking companion popped in a pair of iPhone ear buds, canceling out the sound of chattering birds and rustling cedar branches around us. I just shook my head. That was a few years ago, when I viewed mobile technology with all […]

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Why vultures make great Christmas gifts

By Dustin Walker

My wife was all smiles when she saw her new turkey vulture for the first time – an ugly-looking thing named Igor. I think that raptor was one of her favourite Christmas presents that year. Of course, I didn’t actually bring the vulture home: I “adopted” Igor through a fundraising program at the North Island […]

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Get creative to counter trail thieves

By Dustin Walker

I realize we’re not taking about the back alley of a Toronto gas station here. But even deep in the wilderness, miles from the nearest town, thieves will still ply their trade. Conservationists were shocked last week after poachers swiped an 800-year-old cedar from the isolated Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. According to news reports, the thieves likely pulled off the heist through […]

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Bears don’t set trip wires

By Dustin Walker

No one said the backcountry was safe. The deeper you go, the more cautious you have to be about bears, cougars, sudden foul weather and trip wires connected to 20-pound spiked boulders that swing down at you from the tree tops. That last one leave you scratching your head? It should. Despite heavy media coverage of the […]

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How to beat the hike at the pumps

By Dustin Walker

You can’t take transit deep into the boonies. So when fuel prices skyrocket, the  costs connected to accessing those beautifully remote trails rise as well. Overall, I’ve found that transportation costs are usually the priciest part of any multi-day trek (assuming you don`t have to replace any gear). I stumbled upon a few suggestions on ways to prevent petrol prices from ruining your hike: […]

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Welcome to Slick and Twisted Trails

By Dustin Walker

All of my best backpacking treks have been to places where humans are scarce. I love barren beaches and jagged, litter-free coastlines; I love spotting wildlife and hearing nothing but the crashing ocean as I drift asleep. But despite huge stretches of deep backcountry near my home on Vancouver Island, Canada, finding incredible trails that aren’t flooded with other hikers can sometimes be a challenge. Pick the right route at […]

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