The Island Bushwhacker: March Edition

The March 2017 edition of the Alpine Club of Canada – Vancouver Island Section’s monthly newsletter – the Island Bushwhacker – is hosted here on Mary Sanseverino’s blog (Mary is newsletter editor) for this month while our main website – undergoes an update.

Click to read and/or download the March newsletter:  accvi-newsletter-1702

The picture featured on this page is Dave Rainforth’s award winning shot of climbing  Mt. Serratus in the Tantalus range. The full image graces the cover in this month’s edition of the newsletter.

Vancouver Island 150

As part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday the Alpine Club of Canada – Vancouver Island Section has set the following goal:

Can we collectively climb 150 Vancouver Island peaks and hills during this year, and record our summits online?

And what a great goal! It should be a lot of fun, and hopefully the process to get your summit photos and ascent info online will be easy. We can go beyond 150 too — I’m willing if you are!

A peak or hill eligible for inclusion can be any Vancouver Island or Gulf Islands peak that is:

Here’s what you do:

  1. Climb a peak that has not yet been recorded in the project (check out the Google Map below this post to see what’s been recorded so far)
  2. Go and and climb it!
  3. Take a summit photo of the summiteers
  4. Record the date, name and lat/long coordinates of the summit, name of the summiteers, and a few notes about the trip (say a max of 250 characters for the notes — but you could go more if you and your team are just full of things to say about the trip!!)
  5. If you have a Google account click the following link and you can upload your summit photo to the following shared Google Photos space (check out the photos there already – you don’t need a Google account for that): Click the “Add to Album” icon on the upper right.
  6. Once you’ve uploaded the image, click on it to enlarge and get access to the “Info” section of the image. The Info section is a big white rectangle that runs the length of the right side of the screen. It is titled “Info” and by default contains details like the file name, the type of camera, etc. It is here where you can add the following information. Put your mouse on or above the grey line that appears under “Info”. Add the following to your photo:
    • Summit name
    • Date
    • Lat/Long (any coordinate form will do, but decimal degrees is preferred. It can be a bit confusing moving between the various forms of representing latitude/longitude but here is a good reference: )
    • Names in the party
    • Notes
      If you don’t see the big white Info bar on the right side of your image, click on the “i” in the small circle on the upper right hand side of the image. That will toggle open the “Info” rectangle. You’re Done — I’ll take it from there!

  7. If you don’t have a Google account, would rather not use the technique described above, or have any trouble getting the uploads to work you can simply send an email to You need to attach your photo, and include all of the info noted in 6 above in the body of your email.

Our ACC-VI Vancouver Island 150 map

Click the small “Arrow in Screen” icon on the upper left of the map to see peak details. The “[ ]” icon on the right enlarges the map to full screen. If you have any questions / comments or would like to help out – please get in touch: Mary Sanseverino – (but please don’t send me photos and info for upload on this email – use the address in point 7 for that).

Want to check out the very latest on what’s been bagged?

The coordination between the images and placing the actual pin on the map is handled by (gasp) a human – me, Mary Sanseverino. This means that the map is not updated instantaneously. I do try to get the map updated as soon as new images come in, but sometimes I fall behind. So, the very latest and most up to date account of what has been summited for the VI 150 can be found in the photos. The photos are shown in the order that they come in, so the images on the top are the most current and the top few, usually no more than 5 or 6, might not be placed on the map yet. Check out to see the most recent summit smiles!