I jumped at the invite to explore Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park, Canada’s second largest park and famous for its fjords, mountains and coastal scenery. We planned for a number of activities, including a fjord tour and salmon fishing, but we planned hiking as our dominant activity. Thus, I needed some hiking boots for the trip.
Wanting something lighter than the traditional heavy duty hiking boots, I opted for North Face’s Ultra Fastpack mid cut boots, which were light and felt more like a running shoe than a boot. I also figured that they would be easier and quicker to break in than traditional boots. This proved true, for the most part, and I was happy with my selection; however I realized that the soles were not especially grip-worthy when wet. Fortunately, the weather proved beautiful and the trails were for the most part dry.
I tried to wear them as much as possible prior to the trip, and even did a quick hike upon arriving at our lodgings in Norris Point. Burnt Hill Trail took me up and around the hill, which overlooks the town and harbor, and provides splendid views of of Bonne Bay, the tablelands and Shag Cliff. At only about two miles, it proved the perfect starting trail a great way to get back in to the swing of things, breathe in nature and back in touch.