The Blisters and Bliss Team

Meet the gang who make Blisters and Bliss possible:


David Foster spent much of his trekking time checking out the flora and impressing others with his skill in building campsites and driftwood furniture (when not chasing mice out of his backpack). He was a retired school teacher-librarian, a master gardener and an ardent nanny when in his award-winning Japanese shade garden.

 “Dave died on March 19, 2018.  Goodbye to a legend and a wonderful friend.”

Wayne Aitken is frequently seen with his face in campfire smoke, tearfully preparing his culinary delights. He shamelessly followed in Dave’s footprints, particularly on soft, sandy beaches. Between treks, he may be seen trying to keep is kayak upright and his mountain bike in some else’s slip stream. Wayne continues to strive to keep Blisters and Bliss topical and current. Contact Wayne at



Nelson Dewey is an acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator. His work has appeared in numerous national magazines, comic books and movie story-boards. He has illustrated over 50 “how-to” books, but none as good as Blisters and Bliss. Contact Nelson at



The success of Blisters and Bliss is largely attributed to our keeping its information current and relevant.

Team Aitken/Abercrombie:

Key contributors, and frequent West Coast Trail trekkers are Jenni Aitken, her husband Lance Abercrombie and their sons Tom and Max Abercrombie. When they are not laced into their boots, you might find these adventurers cycling around Europe, tearing up rugby fields, or snorkeling a reef somewhere.


Team Aitken:

Frequent WCT trekkers Jeff Aitken and son Ian also provide the latest and greatest details for future editions. In addition to trekking, both dad and lad compete against themselves and each other while cycling, swimming, running and completing Ironman triathlons.


Kindle Version Meister:

Tom Abercrombie is in charge of the Kindle version of Blisters and Bliss. He is a rugby player (capped for Canada), played for the University of BC Thunderbirds, and is enrolled in the UBC School of Business.  He is a campfire building guru and may someday set the record for hiking the West Coast Trail with the most ease ever.


Web Meister:

Ian Aitken has technical and artistic abilities that his grandfather could only have dreamed of exploiting. As a triathlete, he was ranked #2 in British Columbia for his age group.  He is an accomplished bar tender and is currently studying Business Administration,  Someday, he may rule the world.


Past Editions Meister:

Max Abercrombie is a West Coast Trail veteran.  He played rugby 15’s and 7’s for the British Columbia U18 teams.  Max also played rugby for Canada’s U18 team and is capped.  Now enrolled at UBC (and playing rugby for the Thunderbirds), Max is planning for a degree in medicine. If you are looking for a bargain and will settle for a previous edition of Blisters and Bliss, contact Max at:

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