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A Spring Snowshoe in the Mackenzie Range

In Activity, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Snowshoeing by Explorington0 Comments

The day’s goal was Canoe Peak, but a series of pre-existing minor injuries and unfavourable route conditions in the Mackenzie Range conspired to stop us from reaching it. Despite our misfortune, we still enjoyed the day. The Mackenzie Range features some of Vancouver Island’s most dramatic-looking peaks, the type that …

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Waring Peak: a snowshoe in the Sutton Range

In Activity, Clubs, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Snowshoeing, Strathcona Regional District by Explorington0 Comments

It’s been a disappointing Spring for me. While I’m not normally a ‘glass-half-empty’ sort of guy, the last few soggy months have brought canceled multi-day trips, abortive summit attempts, and numerous other events that simply failed to launch. It’s been a trying season! I don’t intend to dwell on these facts, …

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Winter snowshoe ascent of Springer Peak, Prince of Wales Range

In Activity, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Snowshoeing by Explorington0 Comments

Springer Peak wasn’t our first objective for the day, but when I took over leading the trip, I felt that the snow conditions were too questionable to continue with our original objective. When I suggested using Bill’s Trail, a section of the route used for the annual Kusam Klimb race, …

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Mt Grey, another in a growing list of failed summit attempts

In Activity, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, Clubs, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Snowshoeing by Explorington2 Comments

  Mount Grey is a lovely hike through old-growth alpine fir and along a treed alpine ridge, up to a summit that offers great views of the Alberni Inlet. My Mount Grey trip had two portions of adventure: the cold from an arctic outflow, and the ride home. On January …

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Mount Spencer: The Great Congo Line of December 2016

In Activity, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, Clubs, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Snowshoeing by Explorington5 Comments

I’ll cut to the chase– we didn’t make the summit of Mount Spencer. Of course, as with most of my stories, the devil’s in the details. On December 18th, Vancouver Island was deep in a colder-than-normal shoulder season. The day held a forecast for overcast skies and precipitation. Further, the …

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Snowshoeing on Mount Milner

In Activity, Clubs, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Snowshoeing, Strathcona Regional District by Explorington1 Comment

The name “Mount Milner” is unfamiliar to most Vancouver Island hikers. Hidden deep in the Prince of Wales Range, it’s not a well-known mountain. The rocky peak sits high above the connecting ridge that forms the Prince of Wales Range, and is only visible from deep in the valleys, from …