Wesley Ridge Traverse, 04-29-17 (An Island Mountain Ramblers’ Outing)

–submitted by John Young

The forecast for the day was not promising – showers starting in the late morning with rain moving in in the early afternoon. Highs of about 10 degrees, and since we were hiking up to about 900 meters above sea level, we expected to see some snow. And we weren’t disappointed! Although, the rain never materialized, and we did have some wonderful views. Overall, another wonderful hike on Vancouver Island.
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Mount Wesley, high above the clouds

–Submitted by Dean Williams

We had a really nice day for a hike, with no wind, and once we got above the cloud cover it was brilliant sunshine and warm temperatures. John was even down to wearing shorts and a T-shirt, but he spent a lot of years living in Calgary.  It was one of the more interesting views i have had from the lunch spot, with low clouds below as far as the eye could see, with the ridges and peaks poking through, even down to Mt Baker. Another great outing on Vancouver island!


Mount Moriarty

-Submitted by Dean Williams

8 hikers set froth from Labour Day Lake to summit Mount Moriarty. It wasn’t the best day out
but not too bad, some horizontal sleet at the top, but we had a bit of a view
for a short time.  It was sunny on the peak by the time we got back down
to the lake. 

2015 Minnas Ridge

–Submitted By Dean Williams

 There were nine of us all told, and the weather was perfect with views down to the Olympic Mts,  Mt Baker, the coast range and of course Vancouver island.  No one was brave enough for a swim this year, but the water was looking a little murky in the bigger tarns. All in all a great fall outing with the club.

Wesley Ridge

–Submitted by Dean Williams

There were eight of us on the hike Saturday, we got going about 9:15, stopped for a break at the tower lookout, carried on to the second rocky lookout for lunch about noon, and headed down and were back to the cars at 2:20. We stopped for a coffee and a chat on the way home and all in all it was another great day to be outside, with the weather treating us to a perfect day and wonderful views all round.

Majestic Mt. Wesley, November 8th, 2014

–submitted by Dean Williams

Seven of Island Mountain Ramblers met at the Cathedral grove parking area, and we were on our way by 9:30, a short walk through the park leading us to the gravel roadway that leads to the cabins along the lake shore and the trail head.

We were met at the Mt. Horne/Wesley junction by John, who had come up from the Horne lake side, and we again set off towards our objective. We had blue skies and some nice views down to Cameron lake, and then over to Horne lake and Georgia strait, which was getting cloud covered by then. We reached the majestic summit about 12:15, signed the register, and walked a bit farther along to a fine viewpoint where we had lunch, and were treated to a cup of hot chocolate that Bill kindly cooked up for us, replete with marshmallows! Thanks again for that Bill!

After a leisurely lunch we made our way back, and were down to the cars by 3:00. It was another great day in the outdoors on Vancouver island with a really nice group of people. Thanks to all who came along.

Mt. Cokely On A Very Windy Day

Not every hike goes as planned. Sunday, October 19th, the Island Mountain Ramblers head out on the scheduled Mt. Cokely trip We planned to ascend the Saddle Route and intended a a descent along the Rousseau Trail. I have wanted to do Cokely’s summit again for quite some time, this trip offered that opportunity with the addition of a new descending route. We rendezvoused at Chapter at 7:45 am with a second rendezvous point at Whisky Creek Co-Op. In total 10 hikers joined in on the Sunday Adventure.

GPS Route with Photographic Annotation

Total Distance: 9.7 km
Starting Elevation: 1047 m
Maximum Elevation: 1610 m
Total Elevation Gain: 805 m

As we approached the Cameron Mainline turnoff, near the Hump heading along highway 4 toward Port Alberni, the sky was gray but offered some hope of a nice day. In the distance we could see the clouds breaking up.  Unfortunately as we began the route, the rain started. Though the weather persist ed throughout the day and we would ascend into the clouds, we were not deprived of a few amazing views. Further, we would not be deprived of real adventure!

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Mt Brooks, Late Autumn 2014

–Submitted by Dean Williams

We went up Mt Brooks today with a couple of friends, up the north side which went through some really wet bush, and then down the ridge to the saddle between Brooks and Elma which was much nicer, not so bushy and dry.  Not a bad day out but the view was still quite obscured by cloud. We did get some peekaboo views over to Albert Edward, and the lakes looking back toward Becher,  and the berry picking was still excellent.

A Dangerous Duo do a day drip up Albert Edward!

Saturday October 4th 2014 saw Dean and I making a early morning attempt at one of the most visited peak in Strathcona Park.  No, an extra early start. I was in the Subaru and on the road by 5 am. Dean and I were heading up to Raven Lodge, embarking on a Paradise Meadows to Mt. Albert Edward hike. The round trip would be taxing, mentally and physically.

GPS Route with photographic annotation

Total Horizontal Distance:  34 km
Total Elevation Gain: 1923 m
Starting Elevation: 1097 m
Maximum Elevation: 2093 m

Vancouver Island’s geopgraphy is such that there is no mountain significantly higher than 6000 ft (1828 m). Mt. Albert Edward is one of the mountains that exceeds this altitude. It’s also considered by many to be one of the easiest 6000 footers to summit, it’s a walk up. Following the established route means there is no exposure,  minimal scrambling and very little route-finding. The barrier to most hikers is the horizontal distance required to make the summit.

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