Summer hikes

When you spend a lot of your time writing about walking, people often ask about your favourite places to walk. Typically, they’re thinking about hiking trails — rugged multi-day treks such as British Columbia’s West Coast Trail or Ontario’s Bruce Trail. Page-turner books like Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods have done a…

Walking off the war

An inspiring phone interview today with Sean Gobin, the ex-U.S. Marine who started an organization called Warrior Hike and, in concert with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, launched the Walk Off The War program. Basically, it helps American veterans of combat find themselves — physically, mentally and spiritually — by thru-hiking the trail. Gobin, who did…