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Mount Drabble intermediate snowshoe

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A long time ago, when people were talking – for the first time – about a certain movie that took place in a galaxy far, far, away, there was an underutilized ski resort on a site which is now commonly referred to as “the old Forbidden Plateau ski hill”… Bright …

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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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Springer Peak via Bill’s Trail

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The many peaks in the Prince of Wales Range feature some of the greatest views of the Johnstone Strait; the distant peaks to both the east and west aren’t too hard on the eyes either. If you haven’t had a chance to hike in the region yet, I urge you …

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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 …