Trails and Tribulations – Confessions of a Wilderness Pathfinder


There are a lot of young people competing for wilderness guide status. Many have great wilderness skills but that’s not all that’s needed to take on this profession. Experience, patience and humility make up at least 75% of psychological traits that are required. I wrote this as a ‘hard-core’ read with serious undertones…but that’s what’s needed to bring a taste of reality to wilderness guiding.

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In an age when “survival” shows permeate the media, noted northern traveller Hap Wilson shares accounts of his lifelong involvement with wilderness living. Wilson knows better than most how to survive under rugged conditions. As a park ranger, canoe guide, outfitter, trail builder, and environmental activist, he has learned firsthand that nature can neither be beaten nor tamed.

Trails and Tribulations takes the reader on a journey with the author through natural settings ranging from the austere to the mysterious and breathtaking. Travel with Hap as he takes on the awesome responsibilities of being a guide, faces animal attacks, blazing forest fires, the threat of hypothermia, and other challenges while on the trail, and seeks renewal at vision-quest sites.


Author: Hap Wilson


  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn; First edition (April 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554883970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554883974
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 401 g



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Weight .440 g
Dimensions 12 × 8 in