Mount Becher via Boston Ridge

February 4, 2024
~ submitted by Pete Hrkac

Solid, consolidated snow made for easy travel. Traction was very useful for ascending and descending the steeper sections. Although we brought axes, we only used them once, briefly during the descent from Boston Ridge toward Mt. Becher.

It was a great loop, easy route-finding.

Mount Becher New Years Day Celebration

January 1st, 2024
~ submitted by Greg Deabler

Our New Year’s Day stroll up Becher was thoroughly enjoyed by seven Ramblers: It was +2 at the trailhead with slight traces of snow along the plowlines of the road up and no snow at the parking lot.

Given that there had been rain during the previous week and little fresh snow, we made the decision to leave the snowshoes behind and trust our microspikes. A good decision, the snow was hard and supportive all the way to the summit. No wind and and lots of fog as we ascended and came down served to negate most of the views but made for perfect hiking comfort conditions for the day.

A lingering lunch on top, a few photo shoots involving an igloo constructed by a group who had spent the night, as well as the resident and persistent whiskey jacks made for a nice stop. Headed down at a good pace and arrived back at the cars by 2:15 pm.

A great day with even better company!

Flower Ridge to Central Craigs

–SUBMITTED BY MICHAEL PASKEVICIUS; ORIGINALLY POSTED ON HIS TRAVEL BLOG

I met the Ramblers group for 9am at the Flower Ridge trailhead. Our group of six set out just after 9am. We got to the ridge in about four hours and continued along for another hour or so to camp. It was windy on the ridge but the sun was out, so my gear finally had a chance to dry.

After a solid night’s sleep, we had a casual start to the day departing camp at 9am. Our goal for the day was Central Crags, the summit of this mountain is just over 1650 metres. We made our way along Flower Ridge gaining and losing elevation as we went. The ridge is wide and open offerings lots of different paths and perspectives along their way. The Septimus Rosseau massif started to come into view topped by a thick layer of cloud, but we caught great views of the hanging glacier and snow fields.

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The Elk River Trail– A Great Plan B!

–SUBMITTED BY JOHN YOUNG; ORIGINALLY POSTED ON HIS BLOG

We had originally planned a trip to Flores Island, but with Highway 4 being closed we came up with a Plan B–hike up the Elk River Trail to the second gravel bar camp on Wednesday, Thursday a hike up to Burg Lake and back, and Friday hike out. And what a great alternate hike it turned out to be! Perfect weather, great company, and some beautiful forest and mountain scenery.

Wednesday–A beautiful trail to the second gravel bar camp

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Mount Milner

–report by Brian Fleming
Mount Milner – 6.5km, 430m elevation gain
Mt Milner is southeast of Sayward and part of the Prince of Whales mountain range. Access is right off the highway up the Siberia Main logging road, which was in excellent condition. We did pass one gate but it was open and didn’t look like it was being used.
We parked at 1040m and made our way up the recent slash to the tree line where travel got a bit easier. We wound our way up and across the ridge to the first high point and began to get confused.

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