After years of trekking in the valley bottoms and coastlines of Vancouver Island, I finally decided to look up to the mountains and venture towards the alpine. This mesmerizing high country, with it's immeasurably vast landscapes, dramatic ridgelines and ice clad mountains, violently grabs your attention and does not let go. It's nature in it's rawest form and it completely reveals itself to you, stripped from it's old growth forest and dense salal underbrush.
My first of 3 Strathcona trips this summer headed up to the popular Bedwell lake area of the park for a quick in and out of the area with a hike to the base of Mount Septimus. Our camp was stuck in a rain cloud for the first day and half, clearing up only as we got up and over the little pass to Cream lake. It was a short trip, but it left a major impression on me and an increasing obsession with the scree filled alpine high country.