Trip Report – Blindman’s Bluff – 30 Dec 2015

Five of us took advantage of the cold (for here anyway), crisp weather to hike up to the Blindman’s Bluff viewpoints. There was a bit of crunchy snow beneath our feet and blue skies above our heads. The walk started from the collapsed culvert and took about 1.5 hours, 3.3 km total.

Norris

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Hiking – Blindmans’ Bluff – 30 Dec 2015

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Snow – Mt Washington – 27 Jan 2016

 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 27 Jan 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator QIOC
Contact Info qioutdoorclub@gmail.com
Description Activities and destination will depend on the interests of the group.  At this time, all the cross country trails and nearly all of the snowshoe trails are open.
Meeting Place Quadra ferry terminal to Campbell River.  Car pools should be arranged in advance.
Departure Time 9:00 ferry to Campbell River.  Those taking cars need to be early enough to get on the 9:00 ferry.
Difficulty
Depends on the group.
Costs Ferry and shared fuel.  Snowshoe pass is $8; the cross-country pass is $21 or $16 over 65.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring equipment, warm clothing and lunch.

 

Naturalist – Karst Formations – 24 February 2016

Activity Naturalist outing
Destination Quadra’s karst formations
Date 24 February 2016
Trip Coordinator Richard Leicester
Contact Info 285-2663; please contact the coordinator by Sunday if you are interested in going
Description Visit some of Quadra’s Quatsino limestone formations, an area which contains karst sinkholes, intakes, resurgences and underground streams.   We will visit two or three areas, which involves a bit of driving on logging roads and bush walking.  We will not be walking in caves.
Meeting Place Heriot Bay store parking lot for car pooling. High clearance vehicles will be preferable.
Departure Time 9:30
Difficulty
Easy to moderate
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: Bring lunch and gear appropriate for the weather.  Also, bring a flashlight to see into these geological formations.

Snow – Mt Washington – 6 Jan 2016

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 6 Jan 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator QIOC
Contact Info qioutdoorclub@gmail.com;  please e-mail by Sunday night
Description Activities and destination will depend on the interests of the group.  At this time, all the cross country trails and nearly all of the snowshoe trails are open.
Meeting Place Quadra ferry terminal to Campbell River.  Car pools should be arranged in advance.
Departure Time 9:00 ferry to Campbell River.  Those taking cars need to be early enough to get on the 9:00 ferry.
Difficulty
Up to the group.
Costs Ferry and shared fuel.  Snowshoe pass is $8; Cross-country ski pass is $21 or $16 over 65.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring equipment, warm clothing and lunch.

 

Trip Report – Mt. Washington – 16 Dec 2015

We knew that there would be snow, but the good weather was unexpected. Even the ferry ride was gorgeous. The four of us decided to snowshoe from the Rampart Hill chain-up area rather than going to Raven Lodge. The conditions were great: plenty of snow and, at -5° C, it was light and fluffy except where wind-packed. We meandered along a variety of tracked logging roads with excellent views of the mainland mountains. We stopped for lunch on an open knoll where we were pestered by Whiskey Jacks and then continued to ramble over the undulating area. We spent a while in untracked snow and then returned to the cars as the cloud above and below us increased. It was an easy day for the first outing. About 2 ½ hours; 6 km.

Debbie

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Snowshoeing – Mt. Washington – 16 Dec 2015

Snowshoeing – Kelowna – 19-22 Feb 2016

Activity Snowshoeing
Destination Kelowna, BC
Date 19-22 February 2016, Friday to Monday
Trip Coordinator Gloria Heisterman
Contact Info heisterman@shaw.ca or 778-420-0683
Description
A trip to Kelowna to snowshoe in their beautiful dry snow! Kelowna area has so much to offer; two of our favorites are Crystal Mountain and past Big White; a pristine trail to a secret little cabin tucked in the forest. We have arranged for us from the QIOC to billet and snowshoe with fun people from the Kelowna Adventure Club. In return we will host them on Quadra (probably in the spring or summer 2016)
Tentative plans are as follows;
-leave Quadra early Friday morning Feb 19th for travel to Kelowna
-meet with billet hosts Friday evening after we have had dinner
-Sat and Sunday snowshoe;
Monday Feb 22nd return to Quadra Island
Difficulty
Moderate; there will be some hills.
Costs Will try to keep this a budget trip. Accommodation will be free, but will need to pay for ferry and  share vehicle expenses. Details re meals will be determined once we are further into the planning.
Trip limits
Number of people could be limited to 8 or 10 and we will also be limited by number of volunteer vehicles/drivers.
If you think you are interested please let me know now, but must commit by Jan 26, 2016
Must have ability to host billets from Kelowna
Snowshoes will be available to rent in Kelowna
Dogs?  No
Notes: Dates are tentative; if you would love to go, but Feb 19th weekend doesn’t work for you please let me know.

 

Hiking – Bike Trails – 17 Feb 2016

 POSTPONED TO 16 MARCH

Activity Hiking
Destination Bike trails, north of North Gowlland Harbour Rd.
Date  16 March 17 February 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Mark and Kathryn
Contact Info 250-285-2103; please contact the coordinator in advance of the trip
Description Carpool from store, 3 to 4 hours estimated total time, snack breaks may be taken.  Be prepared for wet!
Meeting Place Heriot Bay grocery store
Departure Time 10:00 am
Difficulty
Suitable for most
Costs Coffee and gas
Trip limits 10
Dogs?  If well behaved
Notes: