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Big Baldy Mountain — A Long March Into Spring

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Most people mark the passage of time by annual events in their lives like birthdays, holidays, the New Year, and so on. Since I’ve started my Island Alpine Quest, I’ve started marking the march into Spring by how early I leave home on Sunday morning. During the winter, my departure …

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A Family Snowshoe Loop: Featuring Another Family!

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As parents, my wife Kim and I fall into all-too-familiar parent-child relationships with Hemingway and Octavia. My behaviour exemplifies the old platitude: When you love your kids, you want the best for them. You’ll go out of your way to make sure their lives are better than how you perceived …

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A Spring Summit of Mount Flannigan

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Mount Flannigan is a 1550-metre peak located on the east edge of Strathcona Park. You’ll easily find it on the map because the park border sticks out like a sore thumb. The summit overlooks the Tools Creek Valley. If you love backcountry skiing, then you’re probably already familiar with this …

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Hemingway’s First Summit: Mount Elma

In Activity, Clubs, Family, Island Mountain Ramblers, Regional Districts, Strathcona Regional District by Explorington2 Comments

–all photographs and video courtesy Michael Paskevicious   Dear Hemingway, You’re four-and-a-half years old now–time sure flies. I made only two resolutions for 2018, and the first and most important one was to get my whole family out on a mountain adventure (Paradise Meadows doesn’t count). You’ve been my adventure …

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Octavia’s first snowshoe trip

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–Photographs by Mike Hincks and Kim Leong   Dear Octavia, You’re a natural outdoorswoman! It was back on December 16th, 2017 that we finally got you out on your first snowshoe trip. I hosted a family/beginner snowshoe trip with the Island Mountain Ramblers as a way to get the whole family …

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Jagged Mountain: Grovelling in the Gully

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[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, …