WCT planning questions
I didn't want to hijack the other user's post, so I thought I'd create another thread. I am doing the WCT July 3rd 2015 and trying to plan a couple itineraries based on doing the trail in 4 days, and 5 days. My girlfriend and I are very strong hikers, but would like opinions of people who have hiked it.
We are getting the bus from Port Renfrew to the north trailhead, and so arriving around 12:30pm makes us lose half a day for hiking. For a 5 day plan, I thought of camping at Darling, Tsusiat, Carmanah, Camper, then finishing. From everything I've read those seem like nice campsites. Does anyone suggest a better 5 day plan?
If we wanted to try to do it in 4 days, what would people suggest? Hiking to Tsusiat the first day seems like a big stretch with the time available. It would put us into Tsusiat around 8pm, which is late to enjoy and not feel rushed. However staying at Darling or Tsocowis, the first night and pushing hard the second day to make up the time, and passing the reserve would make it at least a 28Km day. That seems unreasonable. Is it possible to stay at Tsusiat the second night and push hard the 3rd day?
And, in the end, all this planning could go straight out the window and it'll take us however many days to do it, based on how we feel, weather etc. We will have food for 6 days in case of that.
Also, a final question; I thought I read somewhere that there are showers at the trailheads, so getting cleaned up after the hike is possible. Is this true and are they at the WCT office?
I'm a bit of a planner, even though plans can fail. Thank you for any advice you all have.