Dudley completed the trail twice. The first time solo in 2012, and the second time with his good friend “Crusher” in 2020
The Rideau Trail Association maintains and encourages low-impact, self-propelled use of the Trail. It’s a network of 450km of hiking trails between Kingston and Ottawa located in the general area of the Rideau Canal.
An “End to End” hike is 325 km.
The trail crosses terrain ranging from placid farmland to the rugged Canadian Shield. The Rideau Trail Association does not own any of the lands and the continuity of the trails is made possible by the generous permission of both private and public landowners.
While the beauty and the varying terrains of the Rideau Trail certainly lend themselves to a thru-hike, many logistics make it difficult. The lack of overnight accommodations, and limited access to water and food resupply makes a thru-hike difficult.
These challenges if overcome, can give big rewards.
Dudley Documented the 2020 Adventure on Video
The 2020 adventure was captured on video. Virtually join Dudley and Crusher on the hike without getting wet, cold or blisters.
The following is episode #1 of 10
Dudley Documented the 2012 Adventure on Video
Captured on video – 13 episodes were created in late October so it was referred to as OKOTOBERQUEST.
The following is episode #1 of 13
WARNING – The series was captured and edited on an old iPhone 4. The low image quality and editing are reflective of 2012.
Dudley spends countless hours researching and testing gear to get the “perfect” kit tailored for each adventure. Dudley’s gear is constantly evolving as new equipment is designed, innovative fabrics are invented and camping styles change.