We pushed the limits of a B rating on our sunny, December trip along Wesley Ridge. We had an excellent day on the ridge. The leisurely pace helped with this as it allowed for in-depth conversation on a diverse range of topics.
The most challenging effort of the day was gaining the ridge. To ease the transition from sitting to hiking, we took our sweet time. Once we gained the hill, we found ourselves first walking in hoar frost, and eventually the lightest dusting of fresh snow. Though the first highpoint was mired in a fog that obscured any meaningful view, it didn’t last long. By the time we were halfway along our route, the cloud dissipated and the sun shone down.
Though it remained cold throughout the day, we kept ourselves warm by maintaining a consistent though relaxed pace to cover the 1000 meters of elevation gain and 14.4km.
So did we make it in under 6 hours? No, we needed an extra 15 minutes. We might have made the 6 hours mark but for the blowdown along the ridgetop and missteps at the very beginning of the day. I heard no complaints over the smiles on people’s faces as we finished up this Ridge Ramble!
7 hikers met and make the car shuttle for Mt Horne, Mt Westley and the ridge. It was a very hot day views were awesome. Hike took 7.5 hours we did follow the quad trail in places. I kept reminding people to drink we had couple people that ended up with leg cramps but mustard seems to help. I am going to carry some now, LOL
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. Continue reading “Wesley Ridge Traverse, 04-29-17 (An Island Mountain Ramblers’ Outing)”
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.
The Wesley ridge hike last weekend was good, and the weather held off for most of the day. We only got dripped on a bit at the end, and we even got some views. The first of our club’s back pack hikes starts this Friday, with John leading a group into some little visited territory. I hope the weather is nice for them.