Week of ManCamping Women – Broken Bones on the Silhouette – Chantelle Poisson
Day 2 of our Week of ManCamping Women Features Chantelle Poisson!
When we reached out on social media to hear from all kinds of women about their crazy ManCamping style adventures, there were a couple that stood out. When we heard of this story from Chantelle Poisson, we knew we had to tell it! Chantelle isn’t a writer or a blogger. Just a women out there exploring for fun and that’s what makes this story even better. Make sure to give Chantelle a follow on Instagram as there are bound to be a lot more stories to come!
White quarts Mountains (La Cloche Silhouette Trail) Killarney Provincial Park , Ontario, Canada
Day 1 – Jen and I headed into the park for our hike, not knowing we chose the more difficult route and feeling exhilarated about not knowing what we were getting ourselves into I assured Jen when she was excitedly saying she can’t wait to be able to use real bathrooms on the hike saying I couldn’t wait either. There’s nothing wrong with a little harmless white lying motivation. The woman at the info station as Jen put it “Neglected to mention that hike of 25 or 28km we were doing today was actually up 28, down 28 and across the way 28 “. We had a long grueling hike for 8 hours carrying over 40lbs on our backs and finally arrived at Heaven Lake around 6:45 and decided to call it for the day, falling short another 10kms to our original site. Jen quickly found out that there were in fact no actual bathrooms other than trees and the little toilette paper I had brought. This was the starting point of all the laughs and humor to help push ourselves through what was coming over the next few days. We figured out clockwise on the trail would have been easy but we decided to go counter clockwise which left us a bit sore at the end of the day. During our hike Jen decided to take a jump off of a rock with her pack on instead of climbing down, injuring her hand. We brought 2 nice bottles of wine on our trip with us, with the thought of having one bottle at halfway and the 2nd bottle for our last night. However, we decided to treat ourselves after the first long grueling and sore day and relax by the fire, wine in hand (in tin cups of course) and enjoy the view we had. Heaven Lake was an absolutely beautiful place to camp.
Day 2- We finally made it to our original campsite, realizing
We actually felt really good about ourselves because the men we met on the trail actually backed out, they turned around and we continued. We’re determined women and we’ll make it we kept telling ourselves.
Day 3- Today was a difficult day, needing lots of strong coffee to jump start the day. Being optimistic during our hike we had high hopes of making it to our final campsite with only short distance hike on day 4 and being out of the park. We made it to our campsite that we were actually supposed to be at the night of day 2 and had an absolutely amazing view. The terrain we never expected, climbing down water falls crossing beaver dams and mud soaking paths and especially all the mountains, climbing up and down them probably 40 times or more. The terrain was much more treacherous than we ever imagined. We experienced some snow, sleet and a bit of hail during our hike today. I brought my dog on the hike with us for company, warmth and protection but by the time we got to our site today he passed right out from pure exhaustion. I don’t even think he would have got up if an animal came into camp. Jen thought it was a good idea to blow out both of her knees today, like the hand wasn’t enough right!. I don’t know why but I’m especially proud of her because she kept going. We got some good rest for the night, Jen’s knees got better and she wrapped them and we decided to just trek along.
Day 4- Leaving camp at around 6:20am, I decided to have a rant today about the terrain “holy moly Jen is right, we are tired of the holy glory”. We made it to the top of the mountain, all we could see around us was more mountains, more and more holy moly mountains. It’s awesome but Holy cow. We’ve been climbing, that’s all we do, we just keep climbing” I say with laughter. At least it was an absolutely beautiful day with the sun shining. We had anticipated exiting the park today but fell short about 3 hours, stopping about 9pm. We decided to stay and camp one more night after hiking 13hrs and was thankful that our new friend Lukas allowed us to pop a squat and share the campsite with him. well its not like he had a choice we were staying either way . It was dark and we were tired. We were excited to be getting out of the park on day 5 at around 10:30am which was our original take off time. We will have accomplished this hike which is truly amazing and apparently unique, we’re both banged up a little bit, Jen being the most with 2 blown out knees and a broken hand, which was the result of her rookie rock jump on day one.
Day 5- Leaving camp we came across a dam and water crossing . It was slippery and about a foot and a half deep . Normally I would of taken my shoes off but was too nervous so I left my shoes on . After crossing I just went on in my socks. Jen had soon after tripped on a tree roots and injured her leg. Well we were a pair thats for sure . I took Jen’s pack and put it on the front of me and said II a hiking the rest of the way out and I will be back for you . Jen was moving slow and was in a lot of pain. I got to the car unloaded and headed back in. When i got to her she had make big progress and I said Jen you are almost out. she broke down and cried, we both were. It was tough and she had made it out. We found out later at the hospital that Jen had indeed broken both her leg and her hand! How she managed to hike out is beyond me.
I truly love this hike. It is challenging and beautiful. I have also explored many other ones like superior coastal, Algonquin to name a couple but this one is amazing!