Mt. Arrowsmith Main Gulley (B3)

Originally published at: Mt. Arrowsmith Main Gulley (B3) – Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Island Section

Trip Leader/ contact: Contact Liam Lawson, 250-812-2547 for text messages and for email.

Date and Time Sat Jan 29th (Weather dependent), meet at trailhead (link below) at 8:45am (leave Victoria at approx. 5:45am). Return to trailhead at 4:15pm.,-124.6183280&hl=en-CA& gl=ca&entry=gps&lucs=s2se,a1&shorturl=1

Costs Gas share if sharing rides

Meeting location We can coordinate sharing rides as needed, but trailhead location is here:,-124.6183280&hl=en-CA& gl=ca&entry=gps&lucs=s2se,a1&shorturl=1

Description Weather and conditions permitting – Mount Arrowsmith via Main Gully Route, 6km out and back hike, 813m elevation gain to summit, 7-8hr round trip. Hike up to the bowl where the main gulley is located, great space to practice self-arrests, ascend the roughly 120m gulley with aid of crampons and ice axe(s), and return on the same route. If the weather forecast is poor, we will postpone it to a future day. Trip also conditional with logging road to the trailhead being open and accessible.

Skill Level Moderate to high level of physical fitness, comfort hiking in the backcountry and scrambling. If you’re interested in a first experience using crampons and an ice axe, this is a great location.

Equipment Requirements ¾ or full shank hiking or mountaineering boots, Ice axe, Crampons, Helmet, Microspikes (optional, have proven helpful on past trips), Hiking poles, Winter hiking clothing, lunch and snacks Note that I’ll send out a recommended gear list prior, and a reminder that gear is available to rent from the club.

Maximum Participants 6