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5040

Our original plan was to climb up Triple Peak. With an extremely wet forecast ahead, we decided scrambling wasn’t the safest plan. So we switched gears to a hike on Triple’s neighbor: 5040.

The peak gets its name from its summit height: 5040 feet (or 1536m).

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I took this photo of 5040 while standing at the lake on Triple Peak last year.

My friend Dave and I drove up to the base of the hike Friday night.

We arrived around 10pm. I tried to sleep in my tent on the side of the logging road. Not the most scenic camping spot, but at least I had coffee in the morning.

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Everyone else drove in from Nanaimo the next morning.

And we were off on our hike!

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The rain was relentless from the beginning, slowly turning to a mix of rain and snow.

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Taking my hands out of my gloves long enough to take a photo was a bit of an adventure itself, but worth it.

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It took us about an hour to get to Cobalt Lake.

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It looked like a beautiful spot, but there was no lingering to enjoy the views with the rain and wind.

As soon as we started up from the lake, the snow began to stick.

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My excitement level was very high.

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SNOW!

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The last bit was a bit brutal, as the wind whipped frozen rain into our faces.

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Summit!!

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We almost ran down without singing the registry, but one of our brave companions pulled it out. He wrote “Snow / Rain” and left room for us all to sign.

Pretty sure the ink was frozen in the pen, but we tried.

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And down we all went again.

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I probably spent 10 hours of driving for 4 hours of hiking, which is quite ridiculous. But the snow made it totally worth it.

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Another great Alpine Club trip!

Pro tip: Remember to always bring the 10 essentials on every hike, but it is especially important in remote places like this in colder temperatures.

I love being outdoors, especially in the mountains. I live on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada.

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