Winter Ascent of Pinder Peak's Horn

--Submitted by Matthew Lettington, read the full report on his blog Boring Art, Boring Life


Nothing screams “winter break” more than an overnighter in Vancouver Island's Alpine. Complete with camping on snow, and a longish logging road approach to the start of the route, this trip will remain in my memory for a long time.

Hiking Mount Pinder, Province Range, Vancouver Island
Rick and Rishi, on the southwest ridge. Photo by Phil Jackson
It is a long-standing Island Mountain Ramblers’ tradition to make the most of New Year's Day, celebrating with a winter hike up Mt. Arrowsmith's Judges Route, a semi-annual trip we call Katzenjammer. This year, though, I attended a different trip; Phil Jackson hosted a Ramblers trip to Pinder Peak, a seldom-visited peak in the Province Range. It sees few ascents, let alone winter ascents! Four participants enjoyed cold weather camping and fair snowshoe conditions, attempting this summit.

Mount Pinder Map and GPS Route
Pinder Peak Map and GPS Route with photographs


Total Distance: 15.8 kilometres
Starting Elevation: 357 m
Maximum Elevation: 1531 m
Total Elevation Gain: 1254 m












 Read the full report on his blog Boring Art, Boring Life

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