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Cold Forged - Leading Peak on Anvil Island
Timestamp Free: 2019.05.21 - 15:58:32
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: A large party of ClubTreaders
Difficulty: 2: A hike, with some steep hills.
A winter day, wandering up the Leading Peak trail on Anvil Island.
I have wanted to climb Leading Peak on Anvil Island for a long time but it is well guarded by a wide moat. The only real ways to get there are by boats of various types. I don't own a kayak and water taxis rides are not cheap (but they are cheaper than helicopters, that's for sure.) At any rate when a trip was organized through the ClubTread.com hiking bulletin board I jumped at the chance to go along. Chris Hood aka "Too Many Canyons" did all the organizing as this was to be his 102nd of the 103 Hikes and he seemed the most interested in calling water taxi companies, phoning the bible camp, etc. I am always glad to have someone else do this type of work as my own natural inclination is to leave it to the last minute and then do half of it in a rush and just skip the other half.

Bright and early (well,not too early) our group met at Horseshoe Bay. I got warmed up by walking from Eagle Harbour to Horseshoe Bay; it was a nice day to be outside, with blue skies and high winds blowing down the Strait of Georgia. However, Howe Sound itself was pretty calm. This was good because Rhys Gibb had brought his dog Moxie along and Moxie did not find the boat ride enjoyable. I hate to think what she would have done if there had been a 3 foot chop...

We took a Mercury Water Taxi to Anvil Island, which ended up costing $16 per person for each leg of the journey. I suppose this seems expensive but it probably would have cost me almost that much to rent a kayak and get it to Porteau to paddle across. One interesting note is that the water taxis want to take cash and we didn't really have correct change, most people just had $20s. So there was a bit of a money changing frenzy on the boat until we got our coins and bills sorted and we did end up giving the pilot a not entirely...

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