About the Trek
Erin McKittrick and Hig Higman will be celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary on the trail somewhere near Bellingham, Washington this year. They will be less than two weeks into a human powered journey that will continue through three-quarters of their fifth year together. Months long treks in harsh terrain are nothing new for them, but the Journey to the Wild Coast takes their adventures to a new level.
They begin June 9th from their Seattle, Washington home and end nine months later on a small island in Alaska's Aleutian chain. No one has done this before. Why are they going? They obviously love their Alaskan adventures, but this trip has a greater goal. They plan to focus attention on environmental issues along their route and bring understanding of these issues to a personal level. Their oral and written descriptions, photos and videos will allow those of us following their journey from our computers to "see" the lands they are traveling through; to witness things like salmon farming, mining, logging and global warming from ground (and sea) level.
Hig and Erin will be checking in frequently with live audio updates, GPS positions, photos and videos so we can follow them step by step along their route.
Carol Crooker and Ken Knight interview Erin and Hig about several aspects of the Journey on the Wild Coast hike. Throughout the course of the trek Backpacking Light will release these interviews via both the The Wild Coast Journey and Backpacking Light Magazine podcast feeds.
Follow Erin and Hig's progress using the interactive map below.
You can read Erin and Hig’s latest blog entries here.
Audio and Video Updates
From time to time Erin and Hig are sending us audio and video postcards from his hike. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes feed. The entries are also listed here sorted newest to oldest.