Trip Report – Beech’s Mtn – 27 Sept 2015

A small group took advantage of the great weather to hike up to Beech’s Mountain. This trail is a good workout, rewarded by excellent views. We stopped at the broad overlook to the northeast to enjoy the scenery and then continued on to the summit of Beech for lunch. We then decided to make a loop back to the parking lot by taking the flagged route down the north side of Beech’s mountain, continuing on the old logging road for a while, and then following another flagged route along bluffs, finally joining the North Chinese Mountain trail. 6.5 km; less than 4 hours.

Debbie

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Hiking – Beech’s Mtn – 27 Sept 2015

Planning Meeting – 8 Nov 2015

Activity Planning Meeting
Location Community Centre, room 3, upstairs
Date 8 November 2015, Sunday
Organizer Debbie Quigg
Description This is our winter planning meeting to brainstorm about hiking, snow and multi-day trips.  The meeting will be held upstairs at the Community Centre at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon. These trips are for you, so bring your ideas for what you would like to do. Everyone is welcome.
Time 2:00

 

Hiking – Heriot Ridge Loop – 21 Oct 2015

 Postponed to Oct 22

Activity Hiking
Destination Heriot Ridge Loop
Date 22 October 2015, Thursday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info 285-3710 or debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description There are at least three loops to choose from, depending on the interest of the group:  the Heriot Ridge route, the Hope Spring and Thompson Trail Loop, or the loop that includes Rousseau Ridge, logging roads and the B&B trail.  All possibilities include views and lovely forest walks.
Meeting Place TBD
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch.

 

Hiking – Morte Lake Loop – 12 Oct 2015

 Postponed to 14 October

Activity Hiking
Destination Morte Lake Loop
Date 12 October 2015, Monday
14 October 2105, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact Info 285-3710 or norris.weimer@ualberta.ca; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description This is a classic hike circumnavigating Morte Lake.  We may vary the route and take some of the new trails on the ridge south of the Lake.  4 to 5 hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
Moderate.  Maintained trail, possibly mountain bike trails and flagged routes.
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch

 

Hiking – Beech’s Mtn – 27 Sept 2015

Activity Hiking
Destination Beech’s Mtn
Date 27 September 2015, Sunday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info 285-3710 or debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description We will start on the Chinese Mtn trail and continue on to Beech’s Mtn.  The trail is quite steep and winds through forest and onto rocky bluffs with great views.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 10:00
Difficulty
moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch and walking poles, if you use them.

 

Trip Report – Mine & Main Lakes – 9 Sept 2015

Six club members enjoyed a relaxed day at the Lakes. We launched from the Mine Lake boat ramp at 10:00 and paddled around the Main Lake islands, landing at the sandy beach at the east end of the lake about 11:45. After lunch, most of the group walked the trail to Yeatman Bay, picking mushroom along the way. We returned to the boat ramp at 2:30. On this calm, mainly sunny day, we had the lakes almost to ourselves. It was a very pleasant early fall outing (with a small bonus of chanterelles…).

Darcy Mitchell, coordinator

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Kayaking – Main Lakes Provincial Park – 9 Sept 2015

Hiking – Ripple Rock- 16 Sept 2015

 POSTPONED

Activity Hiking
Destination Ripple Rock
Date 16 Sept 2015, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Valerie van Veen
Contact Info vvv@qisland.ca, 250 285 2329; please contact the coordinator by Monday night.
Description interesting hike to view the other side of the famous site of the Ripple Rock (we see it from Maud Island).
Meeting Place ferry parking lot at 9:30
Departure Time 10 am ferry; meet at  ferry parking lot at 9:30 to carpool
Difficulty
moderate, some steep sections, stairs.
Costs ferry costs shared
Trip limits none
Dogs? on leash and/or under control at all times
Notes: a moderate hike but with some steep sections, and many stairs over previous rock scrambles; possible to do even if light rain; bring  lunch; about 4 hr hike and I hr driving total; expect to return on 4:30 ferry

 

Hiking – Mt. Seymour – 23 September 2015

 Postponed to October 7 and then postponed again

Activity Hiking
Destination Mt. Seymour
Date 23 September 2015, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Julie Mellanby
Contact Info 285-3978; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip.
Description This is a great hike with wonderful views on a clear day.  It’s a steady climb up old logging roads, until the trail branches off and follows open bluffs and forest to the summit at 620 m, the highest point on Quadra Island. We will then descend by the same route.  Four to five hours.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay Store for car pooling
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty
moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs?
Notes: Bring lunch

 

Trip Report – Far West Wall – 5 Sept 2015

The Chinese Mountains have recently become a popular climbing area.  On the down side, the trailhead parking lot is now often full (there are plans to fix the road into it and expand the parking lot), but on the plus side, there are new trails to explore and new viewpoints opened up.   On this trip, ten of us explored the path to what was called “Far West Wall” last year.  The new name is “Eagle Crag” because some climbers found an eagle’s nest on it.  The trip is short, only 4.4 km round trip, half on official trails and half on the new path.  And there is a section about 200 meters long where it is easy scrambling and not walking, where the path goes up a series of small ledges to reach the top of the crag.  There is about 200 metres elevation gain in total.  The view from the top of the crag goes from Morte Lake and Little Morte Lake, about 180 degrees to the south end of Cortes Island.  The view from the bottom of the crag is pretty good too.

For climbers, the guide book to this area is Philip Stone’s “Quadra Island Rock Climbs”,
http://www.wildisle.ca/quadrarockclimbs/

There are also some maps and photos online which show the climbing areas and the access paths to them.
http://www.quadraisland.ca/adventure-recreation-tours/rock-climbing/chinese-mountains.html

Norris

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Hiking – Far West Wall – 2 Sept 2015

Kayaking – Open Bay & Hoskyn Channel – 12 Sept 2015

 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Activity Kayaking
Destination Open Bay and Hoskyn Channel
Date 12 September 2015, Saturday
Trip Coordinator Valerie van Veen
Contact Info vvv@qisland.ca, 250 285 2329;
Please contact the coordinator not later than Thursday.
Description Paddle to explore the islands/islets in Hoskyn Channel: the Bretons and King Islets
Meeting Place End of Breton Road, Open Bay to determine which launch site to use, alt is end of Valdez
Departure Time Meet at 10:00 am
Difficulty
Easy to moderate, depending on wind/weather. Go/nogo will be made after 4:30pm marine forecast on Sept 11.
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: Plan to be back at launch by 4 pm at latest. Bring lunch, snacks. Lunch might be early on in trip due to lack of beaches beyond the Bretons