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Jagged Mountain: Grovelling in the Gully

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

[insert snappy introduction] I love mountaineering in the Sutton Range because the peaks offer a sense of exploration I don’t always find in more popular regions. I attribute this feeling to the relative isolation of the peaks: they are a long way from the major population centres of Vancouver Island, …

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Wild Side Trail:

In Activity, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, Backpacking, Clubs, Family, Island Mountain Ramblers, Regional Districts by Explorington0 Comments

Dear Hemingway, We did it! We survived our first father-and-son backpacking adventure. I’m happily writing the trip down as a success! We picked the perfect location, Flores Island’s Wild Side Trail, and lucked into a spate of great weather. Of course, our adventure companions helped us enjoy the trip all the more. We …

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Meares Island : Lone Cone & Big Tree Trail

In Activity, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Regional Districts by Explorington0 Comments

To early European explorers, the western edge of North America must have been an overwhelming place to visit. We humans navigate by landmarks, known places with names; explorers applied names to many places, making them easier to identify on maps. At some point, it must have been really overwhelming to …

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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, …