Trip Report – Mt. Washington – 7 Mar 2018

We returned to Mt Washington on a day with a skiff of fresh snow on a very good base and mild conditions.  We had four in the cross-country ski group and six in the snowshoe group, all starting at Raven Lodge.  The skiers headed out along Paradise Meadows to the Far East trail, returning to the Lodge for lunch.   The snowshoers crossed the Meadows and headed up the summer trail to Battleship Lake.  One person had a snowshoe malfunction, but continued walking on the well-packed path without any problem.  After crossing the Lake and the next rise, they made the steep descent to Helen Mackenzie Lake and stopped for lunch.  They then continued across Helen Mackenzie Lake and followed the summer trail back down to the Ponds area and back to the Lodge. 7.5 km; 3½ hours.

Debbie

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Thanks to Norris, Vic and Les for the photos

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Snow – Mt Washington – 7 Mar 2018

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 7 Mar 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710;  please contact the coordinator by Sunday night.  Please indicate whether you are willing to drive and whether you are snowshoeing or cross country skiing.
Description We hope to have both snowshoeing and cross country skiing on this outing. We will probably leave from Raven Lodge.  As always, the trip is weather dependent.
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
Costs Ferry, shared fuel and the trail pass If we go to Raven Lodge.  The snowshoe day pass is $10 or the cross country pass is $23 for adults or $19 for seniors.  It may be slightly cheaper if you buy in advance online.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington.  Technically cars going up need to have chains.
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring equipment, warm clothing and lunch.

 

Trip Report – Mt. Washington – 14 Feb 2018

Another day in Paradise – Meadows and surrounding area.  Six of us enjoyed the warm sunshine and clear views, provided by the fresh north wind for some show-shoeing and cross-country skiing.  The few centimetres of snow from the night before provided excellent conditions.  The snow-shoers did the Great Big View loop and the Snow Paws trail.  5.9 km, 2½ hours, plus lunch.  The skier did a loop of the Ponds, Paradise Meadows, Jack Rabbit, and later, Jutland.  Approx 15km.  We had lunch on the sunny balcony at Raven Lodge with great views and Whiskey Jacks.

– Norris

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Snow – Mt. Washington – 14 Feb 2018

Snow – Mt Washington – 14 Feb 2018

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 14 Feb 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710;  please contact the coordinator by Sunday night.  Please indicate whether you are willing to drive and whether you are snowshoeing or cross country skiing.
Description Come to Mt. Washington for Valentines Day!  We hope to have both snowshoeing and cross country skiing on this outing. We will probably leave from Raven Lodge.  As always, the trip is weather dependent.
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
Costs Ferry, shared fuel and the trail pass If we go to Raven Lodge.  The snowshoe day pass is $10 or the cross country pass is $23 for adults or $19 for seniors.  It may be slightly cheaper if you buy in advance online.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington.  It may be necessary for cars going up to have chains.
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring equipment, warm clothing and lunch.

 

Trip Report – Mt. Washington – 24 Jan 2018

This trip had been postponed for a week, during which time more than a metre of snow fell on Mt. Washington.  Wednesday was the first day that the nordic area re-opened after they prepared a few snowshoe trails, plowed the road and parking lot.  Eleven of us arrived on the mountain to unexpectedly sunny weather. It was gorgeous.  Only a few trails were officially open, but it didn’t matter because people had broken trails everywhere.  We started on Tree Beard’s Trail and returned on Old Cabin Loop to Raven Lodge for lunch.  The snow covered trees and fresh snow were beautiful.  We spent a relaxing hour on the Raven Lodge balcony in the sun with a great view of Strathcona Park before heading out again, this time on Rossiter’s Rise.  The big climb down meant we had a big climb back up.  We again met up with Tree Beard’s Trail and returned to the cars, just as clouds for the next storm were rolling over the mountains.  5.9.km; 3 hours, plus lunch.

Debbie

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Snow – Mt. Washington – 17 Jan 2018

Snow – Mt Washington – 17 Jan 2018

 This trip has been postponed to Jan 24th.

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 24 17 Jan 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710;  please contact the coordinator by Sunday night
Description  We’re expecting lots of fresh snow prior to this trip.
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
Costs Ferry, shared fuel and the trail pass (If we go to Raven Lodge).  The snowshoe day pass is $10 or $18 if you rent equipment.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington.
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring equipment, warm clothing and lunch.

 

Snow – Mt Washington – 13 Dec 2017

Activity Snow
Destination Mt. Washington
Date 13 Dec 2017, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Debbie Quigg
Contact Info debbie.quigg@ualberta.ca or 3710;  please contact the coordinator by Sunday night
Description This will be an early season trip to Mt. Washington.  This is probably a snowshoe trip to the Paradise Meadows area, but other activities or destinations are possible.
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
Costs Ferry, shared fuel and the trail pass (If we go to Raven Lodge and Nordic is open).  The snowshoe day pass is $10 or $18 if you rent equipment.
Trip limits Availability of cars going up to Mt. Washington.
Dogs? No
Notes: Bring equipment, warm clothing and lunch.