My name is Frederic Soucie and I live in the Montreal area in Canada. I started hiking in 2009 at the age of 42. When I was a teenager, I wanted to travel all over the world and explore remote places with awesome landscapes. Some of those places were inaccessible by car or other means and I envisioned myself exploring those places by way of hiking.
On one occasion, I came across a book that showed pictures of Mount Edziza Provincial Park in British Columbia; I was dazzled by the beauty of this area and longed to visit that place some day. But with the passing years, this ambition withered away but never completely died out. Much later in life, I began
to reminisce about my boyhood dreams and I remembered those pictures of Edziza. After looking it up on the web, the same emotion I felt when I was 12 years old stirred up from deep inside my soul. I resolved to make this dream come true and decided to take up hiking.
I resolved to acquire the experience necessary to progressively take on more challenging hikes to eventually be ready to go to Mount Edziza Provincial Park, which is an extremely remote area requiring several days of hiking with minimum supplies available. Eventually, I got acquainted with the mountains in the north eastern United States.
I set out to climb the highest peaks in each New England state. I also began to read up more and more on the trails in the north eastern US and after experiencing the amazing scenerey of the Adirondacks and the White Mountains, I began to focus my efforts on those areas. On one occasion, while crossing at the New York border, the border officer asked me if I was an Adirondack Forty-Sixer. I didn't know what that was and looked it up after returning from my trip.
I was inspired by the challenge of climbing all 46 peaks on the Forty-Sixer list (turns out I had already climbed 3 of them). I later found out that similar challenges existed for the White Mountains and all of the 4000 footers of the north eastern US. I decided then and there to complete those lists, beginning with the Adirondack Forty-Sixers with some hikes in the White Mountains here and there. My girlfriend at the time, Lise, was very supportive of my ambition and always encouraged me to push foreward. She would eventually be diagnosed with cancer and would lose her battle but not without giving it a resilient and inspiring fight. After some 8 years of steady hiking, I finished climbing every 4000 footer on those lists.
Along the way, I have met some very interesting people and I have made a very good friend, Martin, while hiking Allen Mountain in the Adirondacks and with whom I had the pleasure to accompany on his finish of the ADK Forty-Sixer challenge. I would a few years later meet Mcihelle, a woman living in Vermont and she would have a major positive impact on my hiking skills. We would also share wonderful moments together on and off the trails. She accompanied me on Mount Isolation on my finish of the AMC NH 4000 footer challenge (she had already accomplished that goal herself), introduced me to skiing, mountain biking and a host of amazing experiences. Hiking has also been a personal growth journey. I mostly hike alone and it affords me the time and space for inner dialogue and self-discovery. Overall, it has been an amazing experience and I want to share it with you via this blog. I hope you will find it interesting and inspiring.
I have yet to reach my ultimate goal of hiking Mount Edziza Provincial Park... it is still an ambition of mine but over time, I came t realise that the journey itself can be just as exciting, if not more than the ultimate goal.