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Overland to Golden Hinde
Timestamp Free: 2018.10.15 - 15:09:07
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Klaus Haring, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 4: Long approach with some steep descents, some tricky route finding on mountain itself. Class 4, some exposure.
Pleasant overland trip through the rugged terrain of the southern approach to Golden Hinde, and climb of the peak.
Golden Hinde, the highest mountain on Vancouver Island, has been on my list ever since I saw it from the summit of Albert Edward in the summer of 1975. But it always seemed too long for a weekend, and too short for a full blown expedition. However, in 2003, with half of BC on fire, it seemed like it a good destination for the 7 days I had available. It turned out to be a great trip: lots of tarn swimming, blueberries, and fun climbing. Here's a trip report, with lots of detail on the route, which I hope you'll find interesting and useful. At least you'll know you don't need ropes and glacier gear like we carried! And it seems we didn't need any park permits, even for the park campsite. Before we went, I had heard all sorts of dire reports: "minimum 2 days in the rain", "steep bush", "lots of rockfall danger", horrible country. Well, its time for the moment of truth.
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Day 1 - August 27, 2003
Starting from Vancouver, we took the 6:00 ferry over to Nanaimo, the Queen of Coquitlam which was running on only one of its two engines. With only one engine, there was none of the annoying vibration and noise, and due to the slightly slower speed it was quite pleasant on deck. It only increased the travel time by about 25%, and burned half the fuel. Once on the other side, we drove north on the Island Highway to Campbell River. From here, we took Highway 28 west to Strathcona Park and down to the south end of Buttle Lake.
At the south end of Buttle Lake, you have to drive through the massive Westmin open pit mine site. The road goes along a large, elevated covered conveyer belt for about 1/2 a kilometer, and then eventually you get to the BC Parks parking lot. I was surprised to see about 10 cars in the parking lot.
From the parking lot, we failed...
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