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Before I and my brother-in-law ventured out on a multi day hike at and around Cape Scott Provincial Park, in BC, I had written a detailed Trip Plan with lists of clothes, vehicle route dates, ect, just as we are supposed to do as responsible hikers. This was perhaps my most comprehensive package left behind.
Three days (Mon) after we had left home (Sat.), we were approaching the Light House area on a Day Hike, when we say my brother-in-law’s name on the message board. We reported to the Chief Light House Keeper as requested. Both of us were thinking that something “Bad” had happened to my brother-in-law’s family. He reads the message that he was given and found out that our Father-in-law had passed away the same day we had started the multi day hike. (we had married two sisters of the same family) our wives had thought that we should continue with our hike as planed and that we could meet up with them later (Fri) in the family’s home town to burry him.
We returned to our base camp later that day. We were approached by one of the Park Facilities Operators who looked very uncomfortable. The young lady (all of about 22-24) had to inform us that our father-in-law had passed away. At that time she did NOT know which one of us the message was for. We quickly set her straight. We remained in the area for another day as planned then with Herculean effort departed the area for home one day early.
For a more detailed report on our hike see Cape Scott in the Trip Reports section. The main lesson for me was that the Trip Plan is not only for those left behind to find us hikers in trouble, but also for those who really need to contact us hikers while out in the woods. The Plan worked.