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...

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