Hiking Mount Colonel Foster

Written by Harold McNeill on September 3rd, 2012. Posted in Adventure


Hiking Travelogue by Dianne McNeill and Michel Payeur

Link Here for the Mount Albert Edward Adventure

This weekend we did a backcountry hike we’ve been wanting to do since we first moved to the island…an overnighter into Mt. Colonel Foster. We loaded 30-35 lb gear/food into our backpacks and off to the mountains we headed.

I wondered how I was going to cope with the pack…but my strength, agility and endurance were well up to the task. And what a wonder-full weekend it was! Glacier fed waterfalls and lakes, beaver engineered ponds, SNOW!, forest scented by giant cedars, jagged mountain peaks, the green only seen in sun thru the rainforest canopy, tumbling/rushing rivers.

The first day, we hiked about 9’ish km (abt a 4.5 hour hike for us, what with photo-ops, snacking, oohing & ahhing). We got to the first camp quite easily (about 6 km) but heard on the trail that the 2nd camp was nicer (less gravel, more ground for tents, more privacy), so we kept on up to the 2nd camp.

That last 3 km of the trail was consistently rougher than the first section (not real rough tho), and consistently steeper than the first section (not real steep tho). We set up camp in a fairly busy campsite….about 4 or 5 other small groups there, had a cold supper and hit the hay for a very comfortable nite. The next morning we had a gloriously sunny day to head up to Landslide Lake.

That last little hike is an easy couple km, over increasing altitude. We mourned the fact that we weren’t able to take the time to head up to the 2nd lake. We consoled ourselves by saying that we are going to bring friends of ours up here next time (who wants to come with us?!) and spend 2 nights, not just one, up here…then WE’ll have a new place to explore next time too!

We returned to base camp, ate, refilled water, packed camp and headed down at about 3 pm. Stopped for a lunch at the lower camp and got back to the truck around 7 pm, after about 15 km hiked that day.

Home! and…a bath and dreamland.

Link Here for Full Set of Photos by Dianne and Michel

Note by Brother Harold

We are very much looking forward to seeing Dianne and Michel this coming week-end as we seek to conquor Mount Albert Edward in Strathcona Provincial Park.

We have been on other awesome adventures with my sister and her partner at times in the past.  One such adventure, a canoe trip in Northern Alberta, each with one of our younger children in tow, nearly ended in disaster.  Link here: A Fight for Survival.  One picture of that amazing adventure below.

Photo: Dianne, Michel and their daughter Kaiya lead Lynn, Sean and me
across the deceptively peaceful waters of Marie Creek.

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  • Herb Craig

    December 14, 2021 |

    As always awesome job Harold. It seems whatever you do in life the end result is always the same professional, accurate, inclusive and entertaining. You have always been a class act and a great fellow policeman to work with. We had some awesome times together my friend. I will always hold you close as a true friend. Keep up the good work. Hope to see you this summer.
    Warm regards
    Herb Craig

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Hi Dorthy, So glad you found those stories and, yes, they hold many fond memories. Thanks to social media and the blog, I’ve been able to get in touch with many friends from back in the day. Cheers, Harold

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Well, well. Pleased to see your name pop up. I’m in regular contact via FB with many ‘kids’ from back in our HS days (Guy, Dawna, Shirley and others). Also, a lot of Cold Lake friends through FB. Cheers, Harold

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Oh, that is many years back and glad you found the story. I don’t have any recall of others in my class other than the Murphy sisters on whose farm my Dad and Mom worked.

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Pleased to hear from you Howie and trust all is going well. As with you, I have a couple of sad stories of times in my police career when I crossed paths with Ross Barrington Elworthy. Just haven’t had the time to write those stories.

  • Howie Siegel

    November 25, 2021 |

    My only fight at Pagliacci’s was a late Sunday night in 1980 (?) He ripped the towel machine off the bathroom wall which brought me running. He came after me, I grabbed a chair and cracked him on the head which split his skull and dropped him. I worried about the police finding him on the floor. I had just arrived from Lasqueti Island and wasn’t convinced the police were my friends. I dragged him out to Broad and Fort and left him on the sidewalk, called the cops. They picked him up and he never saw freedom again (as far as I know). I found out it was Ross Elworthy.

  • Herbert Plain

    November 24, 2021 |

    Just read you article on Pibroch excellent. My Dad was Searle Grain company agent we move there in 1942/3 live in town by the hall for 5 years than moved one mile east to the farm on the corner where the Pibroch road meets Hwy 44. Brother Don still lives there. I went to school with you and Louise.

  • Herbert Plain

    November 24, 2021 |

    Just read your life account of Pibroch excellent.
    My family mowed to Pibroch in 1942 Dad was grain buyer for Searle Grain Company lived in town for 5 years than mowed one mile East to the farm on the corner of the road from Pibroch and Hwy 44. Bro Don still lives there.I went to school with both you and Louise.

  • DOROTHY MARSHALL

    November 15, 2021 |

    These stories brought back some sweet memories for me. a wonderful trip down memory lane . the photos were great. It has made me miss those days.

  • DOROTHY MARSHALL

    November 15, 2021 |

    Enjoyed your story Harold Dorothy Hartman