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Mackenzie Range Adventure: Turning Back Again

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

Canoe Peak is a thorn in my side! It’s approaching comical how many times I’ve set this peak as our objective for a trip and then had to change the plan. Be it weather forecast, avalanche conditions, a blizzard through Sutton Pass, or zero visibility, for one reason or another …

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Maitland Range Exploration: a day in the bush

In Activity, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, Clubs, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts by Explorington3 Comments

I often wonder how my blog posts are perceived by those who read them. While the website is a vanity site, it’s never been my intent to brag; rather, I’ve always been interested in sharing first-hand experiences gained in Vancouver Island’s diverse backcountry. However, over the past few months, I’ve come to …

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Mount Grey : Under the Atomic Sky

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

Back in January 2017, I was part of a group that Phil led to summit Mount Grey. That trip failed because of poor route-finding choices, less-than-amazing snow conditions, and a short winter day, but it left us wanting for this summit. It wasn’t again until August 6 2017, that we …

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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 …