Mt. Arrowsmith, BC

Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015

Although certain events left a damper on the day, we had quite a nice hike and camp up Mt. Arrowsmith last weekend.

Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015
Rising up.

It was a nice, sunny climb up. A helicopter circled around the range a few times shortly after we reached our camping spot, above the saddle between Mt. Cokely and Mt. Arrowsmith.

Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015
Spring comes late in the alpine.
Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015
Cheaters.

The rain started just as dinner was ready. The hail came shortly thereafter. It was a cozy/noisy dinner in the tent.

Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015
The rain coming down.
Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015
I’m glad we brought a tarp.

The rain and hail only lasted 40 minutes or so. The light began to get quite nice after that.

Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015
Afterlight.

It’s almost there…

Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015
Light spilling over the mountains.

There it is. A short while later the sun sunk below the clouds and we were treated to a nice sunset.

Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015
The sunset proper.

It was quite a different view in the early morning.

Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015
Sea of clouds in the Alberni Valley.

We took a 6AM hike up to the first peak. We weren’t well equipped to reach the summit from this side, but the views were quite nice just the same.

Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015
The view out east.
Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015
Handstands, everywhere she goes.

It was a treat not to have to haul our camping gear up to the top. The trail is steep at parts.

Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015
The blue dot is our tent.

After our morning hike, we packed up camp and headed down.

Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015
This tree holds on tight to its treasure.
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Trees and trees.

Unfortunately, we came down to the road to find our car severely vandalized, with bullet holes in the glass, tires, body, and interior. I won’t go into any further detail than that. Several media outlets have covered the story.

Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015
Wesley Otto Frehlich, gunned down by cowards in the night.
Mt. Arrowsmith - May 2015
There were many .22 shells about.

Despite all that, it was a really great hike. My dad and step mom were kind enough to come and pick us up and wait around (and call) for the tow truck, on my dad’s birthday no less.