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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 …

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Hiking to Mount Phillips via Arnica Lake

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

I’m using Island Alpine as a benchmark of mountaineering achievement, a checklist of mountains to summit. It mostly leads me to exciting adventures which I approach with anticipation, but every so often I find a hike where my expectations are low. Setting out to hike Mount Phillips in Strathcona Park …

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Climbing Elkhorn and Elkhorn South Mountain

In Activity, Backpacking, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Strathcona Regional District by Explorington1 Comment

Elkhorn and Elkhorn South Mountains overlook the Elk River Valley, inside Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. Elkhorn is easily identifiable by its classic Matterhorn shape, making it distinct in the Strathcona landscape. At 2,194 metres, Elkhorn is the second tallest peak on Vancouver Island. Of note, it is one of …