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Climbing Elkhorn and Elkhorn South Mountain

In Activity, Backpacking, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Strathcona Regional District by Explorington1 Comment

Elkhorn and Elkhorn South Mountains overlook the Elk River Valley, inside Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. Elkhorn is easily identifiable by its classic Matterhorn shape, making it distinct in the Strathcona landscape. At 2,194 metres, Elkhorn is the second tallest peak on Vancouver Island. Of note, it is one of …

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Hiking to Comox Glacier’ following the First-Ascent route, over Mount Kookjai and Black Cat Mountain

In Activity, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts by Explorington8 Comments

View from below Black Cat Mountain looking East to Capes Ridge Comox Glacier has taunted since before I knew its name. Driving up Island past Comox and Courtenay it looms on the western horizon. When Phil approached me about doing a two day trip  up to the glacier I jumped …

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Capsizing Our Double Kayak at the Octopus Islands

In Activity, Kayaking, Regional Districts, Strathcona Regional District by ExploringtonLeave a Comment

I’ve written before about trips that don’t go as planned. Sometimes a route changes, weather can turn and uncontrollable circumstances come into play that force you to change your plans. Mostly these changes are smart decisions that are required for personal and group safety. This trip turnaround was a combination …

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Triple Peak summit attempt, on a day that turns wintery…

In Activity, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts by Explorington1 Comment

Not every mountaineering adventure ends on a summit. Actually I suppose no hike should end on a summit, unless your flying off…   To kick off March, Phil, Mat Light attempted a popular alpine route, one  many other hikers are doing doing recently; Triple Peak.  We were inspired to give …

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The Hike Through Hell to get to Heaven, Hiking in the Haihte Range

In Activity, Mount Waddinton Regional Distrcit, Mountaineering, Regional Districts by Explorington1 Comment

The Haihte Range on Vancouver Island has the nickname, Little Patagonia. My friend Ryan B. often comments on how this is one of his favourite mountain ranges of Vancouver Island because it has ample opportunities for glacial exploration as well as general mountaineering and opportunities for setting gear fro trad …