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Skiing Mount Landale
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.18 - 08:37:22
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1035m
Participants: Len Zedel and Dimitris
Difficulty: 3: Easy hiking (snowshoeing) on logging road and then through alpine forest.
A one day snowshoe up, ski down trip
I always knew Mt. Landale as Mt. Landalt, I think that this is because it was so named on an old B.C. government map that I had posted on my wall. In either case, it was a favourite haunt of mine when I was a student at U.Vic. Its endearing features were that you could see it along with Mt. Whymper and El-Capitan from the Victoria airport (in Sidney), it was an easy hike/climb and it was relatively close to Victoria. So, when there was nothing else to do on a weekend you could make a day trip to Mt. Landale. I could have written up at least 7 different trips but this spring day that Dimitris and I skied Landale stood out as worth reporting.

The objective of the trip was to take advantage of the load of snow that we could see on the mountain and ski down the south side of Landale into the (clear cut) bowl in which Sherk lake is located. I recall that Dimitris and I left Sidney early (06:00?) and we would have arrived at the start of the logging roads just past Duncan at 7:00 and probably arrived at the gate just past Copper Canyon around 7:30. At that time you had to go through a manned gate but the gatekeeper had obviously been up already and we could go through. We managed to jockey my old International Scout up to the ~500 m level before parking in the middle of the road and starting out on the snowshoes.

The trip up was largely uneventful except for the fact that we had absolutely hit the jackpot with the weather. We had a clear blue sky and very soon we were cooking hot and overdressed. There was nothing for it but to take our long pants off! [photo]snowshoes.jpg[caption]Me and Dimitris wearing only (under) shorts![/photo]

Not far from where we dropped our drawers, we arrived at Sherk lake. This lake must have been an idyllic spot before the area was...

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