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Two hikers walked from Alberta to Mexico

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They say the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


The same logic would therefore apply to a journey of 3,000 miles, which is what adventurers Liam Harrap and Jake Alleyne undertook when they walked from Jasper to Mexico. The total distance of their hike was 3,360 miles or 5,407 kms.
Wanting to celebrate their recent graduation from university, the Jasper natives hatched a plan to dramatically mark the end of their post-secondary education.
Seeing as the continental divide passes near Jasper, Jake thought it would be interesting to follow it all the way to Mexico. The idea appealed to Liam because he thought it would unique to start from his doorstep as opposed to driving or flying to their starting point, which is often what adventurers do.
For us, the suggestion is that any number of adventures are waiting for us outside our door.
The hikers left Jasper April 25, 2014 and reached Mexico eight months later Dec. 31. They arrived just a few hours before the New Year.
After departing Jasper, the duo skied over the deep Rocky Mountain snows for the first 400 kms. Along the way, Liam and Jake located the food caches they’d left ahead of time secured in wooden boxes to thwart even the most determined wolverines.
From Lake Louise, the trail led to Waterton Lakes National Park and across the Canadian border into Montana’s Glacier National Park. Walking ever further south, the Jasperites passed through Yellowstone and into the desert country of the American Southwest before ending the trek in Puerto Palomas, a border town in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
Jake and Liam are addicted to playing crib. They kept a running score of all their crib games during the expedition. A lot was on the line because the loser would pay a hefty price. One possibility was the losing player would have to attempt returning through Canadian customs completely naked. Another suggestion was to have to descend a ski hill with the loser’s naked body painted a fluorescent colour.
The competition was intense, but Liam narrowly beat Jake by a score of 23-22. Jake had to wear a moustache for eight months, the same length as the trip, and he had to make Liam a crib board from scratch.
At the completion of their journey, the duo reflected on what the trip brought them. They said they learned what they can do and how hard they can push themselves.
As is often the case with travellers, one adventure leads to another.
One possibility is the duo will walk from Jasper along the continental divide to the Alaska Highway.
To read more about this amazing hike, visit adoorstepadventure.com. Better yet, stop reading and go have an adventure instead. It’s waiting for you beyond your doorstep.
Dominique Liboiron is a speaker, author, teacher, journalist and photographer. To raise awareness about heart disease and to honour the life of one of its victims, Liboiron canoed from Saskatchewan to New Orleans. He is the first person to undertake that journey. He enjoys outdoor sports such as camping, hunting, fly fishing and canoeing. For more info about his speaking engagements, phone 306-661-8975 or visit www.canoetoneworleans.com

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Dominique Liboiron

Dominique Liboiron is a speaker, author, teacher, journalist and photographer. To raise awareness about heart disease and to honour the life of one of its victims, Liboiron canoed from Saskatchewan to New Orleans. He is the first person to undertake that journey. He enjoys outdoor sports such as camping, hunting, fly fishing and canoeing.