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Winter snowshoe ascent of Springer Peak, Prince of Wales Range

In Activity, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Snowshoeing by Explorington0 Comments

Springer Peak wasn’t our first objective for the day, but when I took over leading the trip, I felt that the snow conditions were too questionable to continue with our original objective. When I suggested using Bill’s Trail, a section of the route used for the annual Kusam Klimb race, …

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Snowshoeing on Mount Milner

In Activity, Clubs, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Snowshoeing, Strathcona Regional District by Explorington1 Comment

The name “Mount Milner” is unfamiliar to most Vancouver Island hikers. Hidden deep in the Prince of Wales Range, it’s not a well-known mountain. The rocky peak sits high above the connecting ridge that forms the Prince of Wales Range, and is only visible from deep in the valleys, from …

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Family Day weekend adventure to Stowe Peak.

In Activity, Clubs, Comox Valley Regional District, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Snowshoeing, Strathcona Regional District by Explorington2 Comments

Is there a difference between hiking and camping for three days, versus doing three hikes in three days? It sure feels like there is. For Family Day weekend 2016, I ventured out on three day-trips, each with a different group of friends. The first trip was a beginner/family snowshoe around …

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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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H’Kusam Mountain via the Stowe Creek Trail

In Activity, Clubs, Comox Valley Regional District, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts, Uncategorized by Explorington2 Comments

I’m the classic weekend warrior. I only have one day a week to get out and make mountaineering magic happen. Though there is a ridiculous number of opportunities on Vancouver Island for outdoor adventure, Phil and I are exhausting the climbs that are possible to do as day hikes. Phil …