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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

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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 …

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Hiking to Mount Phillips via Arnica Lake

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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 …

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Capsizing Our Double Kayak at the Octopus Islands

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I’ve written before about trips that don’t go as planned. Sometimes a route changes, weather can turn and uncontrollable circumstances come into play that force you to change your plans. Mostly these changes are smart decisions that are required for personal and group safety. This trip turnaround was a combination …