Amélie Hikes the East Coast Trail – DAY 39


We only had a couple hours to devote to the hike today, so since we were already in Town (Séb was teaching at MUN this morning), we headed for Fort Amherst.

We’d attempted the steep climb starting from the Blackhead Path trailhead twice before, and had met with failure both times. Amélie has grown a lot since her last attempt and she’s now done a number of very steep ascents without any issues. However, it’s not just the fact that there’s almost 200 metres of altitude gain in less than one kilometre that makes this a difficult climb for Amélie – it’s that the path is strewn with slippery rocks, loose stones, and huge boulders, making it outrightly hostile to her short little legs.

The good news, though, is that after 3 attempts, Amélie has finally managed to beat the kilometre-long problem section!

At the summit, we met Ed Delaney & a team of East Coast Trail Association staff & volunteers working on the trail. Séb struck up a conversation about the Association’s current projects – the hardening of the new municipally-funded trail to Portugal Cove-St.Phillips, the new trail sections that are currently being done by the Town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, the staircase currently being upgraded on Father Troy’s Trail… Ed was excited to announce that Harold Mullowney (Bay Bulls’ current Deputy Mayor) had just joined the Board – great news!




  • Amélie’s total progress: 98.9km/316km
  • Distance walked by the adults today: 2km
  • Total distance walked by the adults: 189.2km

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