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Tackling Tin Hat

Two teens swelter through their first big hike BY ALEX SOUTHCOTT On August 3, two teenagers were dropped off at Inland Lake. Their plan was to hike to Confederation Lake and then to Tin Hat Mountain and Lewis Lake. Their packs were filled with food, clothes, a tent, sleeping bags, inflatable mattresses and water. The youngest, Alex Southcott, had never gone on a long hike before and the oldest, Joe Davis, was unfamiliar with the area. Armed with a trail map and cell phones that only worked in some areas, they thought the hike would be a breeze. Here’s their story.

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he plan was to hike to Confederation Lake and then Tin Hat and end at Lewis Lake. We began our hike at Inland Lake campground and walked to Anthony Island where the Confederation Lake trail began, and so did our steep ascent. It was hot and sunny and our packs were heavy. We walked past many cedars and up a washed out road, and zig-zagged our way up switchback after switchback through massive old growth fir. We finally reached Confederation Lake and then had to walk another two kilometers to the cabin where we set up our tents and went for an amazing

swim. Confederation Lake is absolutely beautiful and the water was really warm. It felt good to swim after a long hike. We woke early the next morning and after a breakfast of instant porridge, we headed out. We were on the trail before 9 as we had 16 kilometres to hike that day. We descended 800 metres from Confederation where we saw an amazing view from Vomit Bluffs. We reached Fiddlehead around noon and ate lunch. Joe had a nap, he was so exhausted although we went to bed at 7 pm the night before and woke at 5. Hiking uphill with 50 pounds on

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