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Ski Traverses in B.C.

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Pulling sleds on a glacier

April is the prime time for ski expeditions. The days are long, the glaciers filled in nicely, the snow consolidated and the avalanche danger low. A perfect time for those week-long trips into the far reaches of the southwest B.C. In this post I will offer some ideas for popular traverses within 100 km from Vancouver. Our mountainous backyard is so vast that you are very likely to have it all to yourselves. Continue reading

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Ashlu-Elaho Traverse

Ashlu-Elaho_6841.jpgThis is a beautiful, rarely done traverse in the very backyard of Squamish. Washed out logging roads make it now a bit more complicated to access but it is still very much doable for a dedicated party. The reward will be absolute solitude just 50km west of civilization and fantastic views of the seldom-seen ridges and valleys. Continue reading

Howe Sound Crest Trail

L1080690This is an absolute gem of a trail, perhaps one of the best-conceived ideas of a North-Shore trail taking you through the best that the area has to offer – the views of a sparkling ocean dotted with islands are spectacular, the trail follows a backbone of a solid granite ridge, passing immediately next to Vancouver’s icon of a mountain, The Lions, and leading you to some exquisite swimming lakes. Continue reading

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Mount Bishop

Views from Mt BishopMount Bishop summit has been eluding me for a few years now, but not for the lack of trying. On our last attempt we got REALLY close but had to retreat because we were running desperately out of daylight. Oh yeah, and did I mention that we were also late starting off because Chris refused to climb over a fence of a newly constructed yet officially not-yet-accessible Bear Island bridge so we had to bike aaaaall the way back to Hydraulic Connector and cross the Seymour River there? Well, no hard feelings there but it left me with an URGE to get to Mt Bishop, for real, again. Continue reading

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