Yarns from the Tarns ~ Comox District Mountaineering Club

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"Yarns from the Tarns"

Fall 2019 Edition

Fall colours surround us as we walk through the forests and mountains, taking in the fresh scents & scenes of nature all around. Snow is starting to fall on the hills, enticing us to take one more walk along the ridges before winter comes.

2019 Annual cdmc potluck & social event

November 3, 2019

RSVP today for the CDMC Annual Potluck Dinner and Social taking place November 3, 2019 at the Evergreen Seniors Centre (downstairs of the Florence Filberg Centre on Anderton Ave). Bring your favorite dish and enjoy an evening of social activities with door prizes, voting and results of the 2019 Photo Contest, a gear swap & sale of outdoor gear, a special presentation, and of course, food!

2019 Trip Photo contest!

Submit your CDMC Trip Photos to the Annual Photo Contest! Photo contest is open for submissions until 11:59pm October 28. The four categories are: Winter, Summer, Flora & Fauna and People. Make sure to caption your photos with: 1. the category, 2. a brief description, and 3. the CDMC trip they are from. Photos must be from 2019 CDMC trips. Limit of 2 photos per category per person, please.

Voting for the winning photo from each category will take place at the CDMC Potluck event on November 3. Good luck!

2019 gear swap & sale

Bring your gently-used For Sale Gear to the potluck's gear swap area and make room in your closet for next year's gear! All items must be pre-priced and show the seller's name. Please, no items larger than a backpack and all unsold items must be removed at the end of the evening.

And The CDMC 2019 Chris carter award goes to...

The special Leader Recognition Award from our Lifetime Member Mr. Chris Carter will be announced at the Potluck. Chris Carter has donated a special gift to be given out at the CDMC Annual Potluck event to recognize leaders who organize trips outside of the Comox Valley and Strathcona Park area. As per Chris Carter's request, the CDMC Board of Directors uses an anonymous survey method to determine the winner of the annual award.

Love the CDMC Crest? Want one to sew on your backpack or favorite hiking shirt?

Crests will be available to purchase at the CDMC Potluck event for $5.00 each.


Ryan Stuart, Freelance writer has written an article for the CVCollective Magazine about the CDMC and CDMC work parties. Another great article has been written by Brad Kilgour featuring the Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue Team. Get your copy of the CVCOLLECTIVE Magazine at one of their distributors today!

Check the CVCOLLECTIVE Calendar all year for events happening in the Valley.

Calling all trip leaders!

Our events calendar on the CDMC Meetup page needs you! Consider posting a favorite shoulder season hike to one of these favorite places:

  • Cumberland Trails - Allen Lake loop
  • Allen Lake via Sykes Bridge
  • Ammonite Falls via Benson Creek Park trails
  • Wood Mtn. ski park to Ash Pond loop
  • Mt. Becher
  • Raven Lodge to Battleship Lake return
  • Lake Helen Mackenzie – Battleship Lake Loop
  • Kwai Lake Loop hike
  • Campbell River lookout trail
  • Nymph Falls to Comox Lake Bluffs return
  • Raven Lodge to Croteau Lake lookout return
  • Raven Lodge to Cruickshank Canyon lookout loop
  • Hike to Elk Falls via Canyon View and Millennium trails
  • Goldstream Park Walk
  • Ripple Rock hike
  • Rosewall Creek
  • Nile Creek
  • Goose Spit, NE Woods, Kye Bay
  • Indianhead Mountain
  • Raven Lodge to Hairtrigger Lake loop
  • Mt Elma
  • Landslide Lake day hike
  • Explore the watershed of the Morrison Creek outside Courtenay
  • Mt Geoffrey Escarpment
  • Cumberland Trails - Nikkei Mtn. loop

Use the CDMC Website Trip Finder to find more information about these and other great shoulder season hikes!

winter trip preparedness

It's never too early to start preparing for your winter trips. Island Alpine Guides offers excellent courses to help you learn to be prepared for outdoor winter trips. A favorite is their Intro to Winter Travel. Check out their calendar of courses online now!

Do you have a story, poem, or outdoor or hiking related topic to add to the next newsletter? Have a great idea for a club event? Use the Feedback Form to let us know, or email comoxdistrictmountaineering@gmail.com. We'd love to hear from you!

favorite Flora & Fauna of fall