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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 …

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Trio Mountain

In Activity, Clubs, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mount Waddinton Regional Distrcit, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Snowshoeing by ExploringtonLeave a Comment

–photographs by Phil Jackson (thank you) Vancouver Island’s backcountry is bristling with mountains, most of which are unknown to the average person. Many of these peaks don’t have local names, or even official names! Trio Mountain falls into this unknown category. Even though it’s only a few kilometers from Gold River, it’s seldom visited. …

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Alexandra Peak: The Last Snowshoe of the Season

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

In search of what is sure to be our final snowshoe trip of the season, I set out on a mission with three other Island Mountain Ramblers. We braved a long logging road approach up Buttle Bluffs Mainline to reach camp for our summit of Alexandra Peak the next day. …