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Wild Side Trail:

In Activity, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, Backpacking, Clubs, Family, Island Mountain Ramblers, Regional Districts by ExploringtonLeave a Comment

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

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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

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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

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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, …