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Building a pulk sled

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I have big dreams. Dreams of multi-day alpine tours, and snowshoe trips through Strathcona and other places on Vancouver Island. I also want to head out with my family on great winter adventures. Both of these scenarios are aided by the use of a sled. mommy and Hemingway, arriving at …

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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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Hiking Mount Regan via The Lower Route

In Activity, Clubs, Comox Valley Regional District, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts by Explorington1 Comment

Vancouver Island, home to forest giants and cold oceans is often overlooked for its alpine opportunities. A favourite feature of the high alpine is the chance to strap on crampons and walk the many pocket glaciers and snowfields. However, the changing environment means that glacier walking on Vancouver Island may …

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Climbing Elkhorn and Elkhorn South Mountain

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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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Hiking to Comox Glacier’ following the First-Ascent route, over Mount Kookjai and Black Cat Mountain

In Activity, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, Clubs, Hiking, Island Mountain Ramblers, Mountaineering, Regional Districts by Explorington8 Comments

View from below Black Cat Mountain looking East to Capes Ridge Comox Glacier has taunted since before I knew its name. Driving up Island past Comox and Courtenay it looms on the western horizon. When Phil approached me about doing a two day trip  up to the glacier I jumped …

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Introduction to Backcountry Skiing

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January, a time of new beginnings and resolutions. Keeping with the annual tradition, I started something new, I joined the Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island Section. Rather, that is, I rejoined. A few years ago, I was a member for a season. This past weekend I joined 50+ members …