1. When and why did you decide to become a Hike Leader:
In November 2014, after I just joined TBTC as a member. I have been leading hikes in a Meetup outdoor group and want to continue hiking on Bruce Trail, but on my own schedule, at my preferred time and for my comfortable distance. So I decided to become a Hike Leader to lead my own hikes.
2. What's your favourite part of the Bruce Trail:
Sydenham section. It has unique view that other sections don't have, for example, the huge rocks and fossil rocks, as well as the lake view from the cliff.
3. What's your favourite Toronto-section Trail area:
I hiked only twice end-to-end of Toronto section and don't have much memory of this section, except the part that is very rocky, very bushy along the trail and tons of mosquito. We have hiked through that part and ended with each hiker having some 60 bites from face to legs.
4. What do you love about volunteering with BTC:
I am a Hike Leader, have been leading some end-to-end hikes on different trails. It is nice meeting like-minded hikers committed to the same goals. Most of the hikers appreciate the hikes I hosted, which make me feel a sense of accomplishment.
I have been involved in setting up the TBTC Meetup website, and I am managing this Meetup. Seeing Meetup attracting hundreds of people and help bring awareness to Bruce Trail is another accomplishment for me.
I was in 2016 Hike-A-Thon Committee and am continuing with the 2017 Committee too.
I am also a member of Hike Leader Training Committee in 2017.
5. Why should GTA residents get outside and enjoy the Bruce Trail:
First for their own health benefit, both physical health and mental health - tons of studies have shown that regular physical activities outdoor benefit both physical and mental health. Second, being in nature is the only way they can know nature, and the more they know it, the more they will enjoy, and the more likely they will care and support the environment.
6. Do you have any special hikes on your bucket list:
Trans Canada Trail in Canada, and Silk Road in China are the ones I hope I could do in my life.
The photo of me was taken at the North Terminus Cairn of Bruce Trail, Sept 18 2016, the day I officially finished the Bruce Trail.