Pat Teti of Williams Lake ordered a kit to build a pull trailer that he is using on a walking holiday in the Chilcotin this September. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

OUR HOMETOWN: Born to walk

For the second year in a row, Pat Teti is taking a walking holiday in the Chilcotin

A long walk alone for two or three weeks is something that might drive the average person crazy, but for a retired forest researcher from Williams Lake it provides quiet time surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Walking is a favourite thing to do when he travels in Europe with his partner Jane Perry, said Pat Teti who embarked on a walkabout in the Chilcotin during the third week of September.

It was the trips in Europe that made him think he should do more walking trips closer to home.

Teti and Perry live on the west side of Williams Lake and last year he walked out the door and headed west toward Bella Coola along Highway 20.

“I stopped because of weather and bad choice of foot wear,” Teti said, noting he made it about a third of the way there.

The plan for his 2020 walkabout, if the weather holds up, is to go as far west as Heckman Pass and then make his way back to the Tatla Lake area and possibly Puntzi Lake.

“I’ve decided what I really like is just being out there and it’s not about getting from point A to point B.”

There are a couple of reasons why he is not walking all the way to Bella Coola — going down the long steep hill would be hard on his knees when he’s pulling a trailer with the heavy weight behind him and camping in grizzly bear country is also an issue during salmon migration season.

Last year he borrowed a bike trailer for a child, which worked quite well, and this year ordered a kit from Southern Ontario to make his own pull trailer.

“It will be a bit of an adventure just trying out the new trailer,” he said, noting it is like a rickshaw and has two poles coming forward that he can attach to a waist belt or pull with his hands. “I modelled the one I made a little bit off the Thule Chariot I borrowed.”

Teti is aiming to walk for at least two weeks and departed from Bull Canyon on Highway 20 the third week of September.

Read more:Bull Canyon Provincial Park adds accessible trail

He will try to walk 20 kilometres a day, and will pack a week’s supply of food with his cook stove in a bear-resistant container.

Ahead of time he planned to mail off another week’s supply of food to friends in Tatla Lake.

“It is all freeze dried — some I bought and some I’ve made,” he said of the food.

As the days unfold, Teti said he gets into a meditative state.

“When you are by yourself for days on end, your mind wants to fill in the empty spaces,” he explained. “It’s a certain kind of sensory deprivation because you’ve got a whole lot of physical stimulation, but no social stimulation. It’s really cool because I think about things that happened decades ago and I think of friends that I haven’t thought about in years.”

It is almost like a movie or dialogue playing in the front of his brain, he added.

When asked if he talks out loud, he said he doesn’t think he does.

Originally from West Virginia, Teti arrived in Williams Lake for work in 1992 for the Ministry of Forests and retired 10 years ago.

He was a board member of the Potato House Society for six years and is presently on the Station House Gallery board of directors.

When he’s not walking or volunteering he loves to bake, especially bread, and will be taking a lot of his home-made survival bars on the walkabout for his lunches.

Read more: Camera club donates winning photo to TRU

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Williams Lake

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

CH-149 Cormorant helicopters may be part of night training exercises in the Chilcotin this month. (Canadian Armed Forces photo)
442 Transport and Rescue Squadron to hold night training in the Chilcotin

The public may see flares and search and rescue technicians parachuting to the ground

Part of the committee’s business plan is to give the “school,” officially known as the Wells-Barkerville Culture and Recreation Centre, a new name. (District of Wells)
Wells school renovation gets funding boost from mining company

Barkerville Gold Mines has put half a million dollars into the project to renovate the closed school

Snow is in the forecast for Williams Lake Friday, Oct. 23, which has already been falling in areas of the Chilcotin as seen here at Nimpo Lake. (Harriet Hird photo)
Ice, snow, chilly temperatures in forecast for Williams Lake area

Temperatures will dip down to -11C on Friday evening

COVID-19. (Courtesy of CDC).
Interior Health reports 12 additional COVID-19 cases

The total number of cases in the region is now at 644

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
Motorist pulls into B.C. RCMP detachment after roadkill eagle comes back to life in minivan

The driver believed the bird to be dead and not unconscious as it turned out to be

Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he’d be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)
Ryan Reynolds text almost gives away Shuswap boy’s birthday surprise

Deadpool actor helps remind eight-year-old Canoe resident he’s not alone

Vancouver police reactivated the search for Jordan Naterer Thursday Oct. 22. Photo courtesy of VPD.
Mom of missing Manning Park hiker believes her son is waiting to come home

‘He’s going to come out of a helicopter and say ‘what took you so long?”

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Environment Minister George Heyman, Premier John Horgan and Energy Minister Michelle Mungall announce that B.C. Hydro is proceeding with construction of the Site C dam, Dec. 11, 2017. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Site C actions, costs won’t be known until after B.C. election, Horgan says

Peace River diverted for construction of reinforced dam base

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

One of the squirrels who ended up having their tails amputated after getting them stuck together with tree sap. (Facebook/Wild ARC)
Squirrels recovering from tail amputation after sap situation near Victoria

BC SPCA Wild ARC says squirrels will be released back into wild, fifth sibling was euthanized

More and more electric cars are on the road, but one Chevy Bolt owner was shocked to see how much his BC Hydro bill skyrocketed once he started charging the vehicle. (Black Press file photo)
Lower Mainland man sees significant spike in BC Hydro bill after buying electrical vehicle

An increase should be expected, but Brian Chwiendacz experienced a 200-plus per cent hike

Most Read