The second-highest peak on Vancouver Island, Elkhorn is the "Matterhorn of the Island Alps". The classic North West Ridge was the line of first ascent by an Alpine Club expedition led by A.O Wheeler in 1912. While the first ascent was made 100 years ago, the 6,000ft ascent from the valley floor to the summit, as well as some low 5th-class rock climbing, means this trip is still challenging today. Some hiking and scrambling experience is recommended.
This trip is best done as a 3-day outing but can be done in 2 days by very fit parties. Trips listed at $580 are 2-day trips, whereas those listed at $870 are 3-day trips.
All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.
Included in the price:
- 2 or 3 days with an ACMG guide
- Group technical gear
- Personal technical gear (harness, helmet, ice axe, crampons)
Not included in the price:
- Personal equipment
*We offer catering on some of our trips for an extra $60/person/day. Please check with our office to see if your trip has this option.
- Elkhorn (pdf)
$580.00 / person(at 2:1 ratio)
For several years my daughter's birthday present for me was a guided trip with Jan Neuspiel to one of the higher local peaks on northern Vancouver Island or in the Bute Inlet area. Without exception, the climbs were enjoyable and successful, and the memories remain with me as some of my most enjoyable mountaineering trips. At the start of a trip the objective always seemed to be higher and more difficult than anything I could reasonably expect to climb safely. Yet once we got going I never had reason to fear or worry, it was simply lots of fun in spectacular surroundings. If it wasn't for very arthritic knees, the birthday present tradition would, hopefully, still be going on.Rolf Kellarhals, Quadra Island, BC.
Lyle was great. Very professional, yet also interesting to talk to and always aware of our needs/status. I must say it was weird for us (me especially) to be in the back country and having someone else making all the decisions, but the benefits of observing and learning were worth the weirdness!Clarke Gourlay, Qualicum, BC.