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Family Day weekend adventure to Stowe Peak.

In Activity, Clubs, Comox Valley Regional District, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Snowshoeing, Strathcona Regional District by Explorington2 Comments

Is there a difference between hiking and camping for three days, versus doing three hikes in three days? It sure feels like there is. For Family Day weekend 2016, I ventured out on three day-trips, each with a different group of friends. The first trip was a beginner/family snowshoe around …

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Simple Snowshoe around Lake Helen Mackenzie

In Activity, Clubs, Family, Island Mountain Ramblers, Regional Districts, Snowshoeing, Strathcona Regional District by ExploringtonLeave a Comment

Another beautiful day in the low alpine. On Saturday, January 30th, I led a small group of Island Mountain Ramblers, along with a special guest, on a trip through Paradise Meadows to Lake Helen Mackenzie and back. We had fine weather: a little sunshine, some light snow, and a clear …

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Touring Mount Allan Brooks’ Glade

In ACCVI, Activity, Clubs, Island Mountain Ramblers, Regional Districts, Strathcona Regional District by ExploringtonLeave a Comment

Last year I purchased some used alpine touring ski gear, but with the terrible winter I didn’t use it. This winter, however, has been kind to us. Lovers of winter sports rejoice! Everyone is dusting off their far-too-seldom-used gear to head into the backcountry. John and Chris examining the route …

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We found winter! It was hiding at Crest Mountain

In Activity, Clubs, Island Mountain Ramblers, Regional Districts, Snowshoeing, Strathcona Regional District by Explorington8 Comments

It’s been two long years but it’s finally here: winter! Last year, I had big aspirations for winter: snowshoeing, skiing, alpine ski touring, and winter mountaineering. Of course, winter never arrived. Like many other Vancouver Islanders, I have photographs taken on the summits of mountains that are bald! I remember …