Ascent of Mount Manuel Quimper on 2014-06-15

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Daniel Conley
Barbara Conley
Zelda (dog)
Date:Sunday, June 15, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Manuel Quimper
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:1791 ft / 545 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our 3 day port call in Victoria was off to a pretty bad start on Friday as the high winds caused us to be delayed. We could not set the anchor and ended up staying on the ship overnight into Saturday. For those who were able to get off the ship, it was not until really late (1am). I chose to get a full night's sleep and remain aboard. This threw a wrench in my plans for the Capital District High Point (also a P2k). Well, I wanted to do something more fun than slog up a logging road and bushwhack anyway. I settled on mountain biking in one of Vancouver Island's best mountain bike locations. While I did not summit a noteworthy peak, I did have an excellent afternoon and a lot of fun on this random peak.

I met Dan and Barbara on Sunday afternoon after ziplining with one of the other officers from the ship. I had never been ziplining - it was pretty tame but fun. We made our way to Habrourview Drive near Sooke and found a very nice trailhead complete with a bike washing station, water trough for horses, and clean pit toilets. It seems that outdoor recreation is popular here. We made our way up the main dirt road to an old fire road that took us to the summit. The main dirt road was all done on the bikes, while the old fire road to the summit was a mix of pushing/carrying the bikes and cycling (mostly pushing though...). The summit is home to an old fire tower which is open but empty. The views are quite fine and we could see cell block 68 (our name for the USS NIMITZ) anchored in the Victoria Harbour in the distance. We lounged on the summit for a good 45 minutes enjoying the fresh air and views. The Olympic Range loomed across the straights, very visible from our summit.

The descent was a different matter. We found a great single track mountain bike trail that descended the mountain to the northwest. It was an absolute blast making our way down this. I fell off the side of the trail to the downhill side at one point and my fall was broken by really thick moss (otherwise I would have really been hurting). I also had a great endo coming off a steep rock that actually pushed me far enough forward to get both legs over the handlebars and land in front of may falling bike on my feet - pretty great!

Once we met the main road, we knew that there was great single track that ran parallel to the road for a while, so we took it. It was hands-down the best bike riding of the day!

The fall/endo count:
James: 3
Dan: 4
Barbara: 2
Zelda: 0
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1529 ft / 466 m
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1529 ft / 466 m
    Route:Harbourview Rd to Fire Rd
    Start Trailhead:262 ft / 79 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:Single Track awesomeness
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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