Monday, July 6, 2015

Arrowsmith: Part 2

More photos from the top of Mt. Arrowsmith... (Click to view larger versions of the photos in your browser.)

Looking toward the west, one can see the community of Port Alberni.

Port Alberni seen from the top of Mt. Arrowsmith...
Port Alberni, visible in the distance
Looking east, you see rugged island mountain scenery. One thing noticeably missing from many peaks this year is snow. Higher than normal temperatures combined with lower than normal rainfall over the winter has left many of the lakes and streams at lower elevations high and dry.

Lots of bare rock and little water...
Lots of bare rock but little water...
Looking northward, one can see Denman and Hornby Island. Hornby Island is the outer island and the thin white strip visible at the right hand edge of the photo is Tribune Bay.

Denman and Hornby Island viewed from the top of Mt. Arrowsmith...
Hornby and Denman islands from the peak...

Friday, July 3, 2015

Arrowsmith: Part 1

Climbing Mt. Arrowsmith...
Our group poses with Port Alberni in the background...
Mount Arrowsmith is the largest mountain on southern Vancouver Island. Slightly more than a mile high, it's popular with hikers and climbers who have the thighs and endurance to tackle it.

Changing weather conditions or accidents have sometimes stranded people on the mountain for a day or two, so it's best to at least carry some food and a mix of clothing.

There are a number of routes to the top. One allows hikers to get to the top without any special equipment. Some friends and I took the climber's route a few weeks ago... lots of initial hiking, but the final leg usually requires block-and-tackle, or whatever it is that climbers use.  :D

Alpine flowers...
Colourful flowers overlook the valleys below...