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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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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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