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What is the Kusam Klimb?

The Kusam Klimb is a wild and rugged 23 km loop heading up and over the back of Mt. H’Kusam then down the Stowe Creek watershed.

Starting at sea level, participants pass through some of the most spectacular scenery on Vancouver Island with views of mountain peaks and the Johnstone Strait as they negotiate their way over the well-developed trail.

While the trail is open for year-round hiking, an organized event is held once per year on the summer solstice.

The Kusam Klimb draws participants from around the world hoping to conquer the mountain! Are YOU tough enough?

View our detailed trail guide, click here.

Exactly how hard is the Klimb?

Well, there are some folks who actually run much of the course, but the heart of the Kusam Klimb is to offer a challenge and an opportunity for a wonderful wilderness hike with support along the way (that's why it's called the Kusam Klimb – not the Kusam Race!).

Who can do the Klimb?

With the right training almost anyone can!

Start with a test run: Hike up Bill's Trail to the first lookout at 1.5km. Yes, it is tough. (To give you an idea of distance, this is roughly one-quarter of the way up the mountain.) Don't get discouraged!

Try the lookout hike again in a couple of days. Each time up, it gets a bit easier. Take your time -- on the brutally steep climb up it is better to pace yourself than race. Think slow and steady. During your test runs, remember that there will be a very steep decline going back down Bill's Trail, which can be difficult as well, but during the Kusam Klimb event the downhill route around the back is a much easier decline. You can make up some time there.

How Long Does It Take?

It is estimated that most Klimbers will take seven to nine hours to complete the 23km route.

There are some beautiful vistas to enjoy on a sunny day, but don't delay, it's a long way.

The Kusam Klimb is an incredible journey and an awesome acheivement for those who have never done an event like this before.

No matter what your time is, you'll be a winner!

2016 Klimb Video
Check out this awesome video by Ray Pandez

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Klimb Photos from Adventures By Camera

Getting Here...

Sayward is located on north Vancouver Island's beautiful east coast, approximately 75 kilometers north of Campbell River.

Campbell River to Sayward

It takes approximately 55 minutes to drive from Campbell River to Sayward.

Take the Inland Island Highway (Highway 19) north.

Turn right at the Sayward Junction onto Sayward Road and proceed approximately 3km to the Heritage Hall, which is the start and finish line for the race.

The Heritage Hall is on the left-hand side of the road.

 

Nanaimo to Campbell River

From either the Duke Point or Departure Bay Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo, drive north on the Inland Island Highway (Highway 19) for approximately one and a half hours to Campbell River.

You could also take the scenic Oceanside route to Campbell River (Highway 19A), which takes approximately two hours.

Sidney/Victoria to Nanaimo

From the Schwartz Bay Ferry Terminal or Victoria International Airport in Sidney, travel south to Victoria on the Patricia Bay Highway (Route 17) for approximately 30 minutes.

Take the McKenzie Avenue West exit toward Highway 1 / Nanaimo / Trans Canada Highway.

From McKenzie Avenue West, turn right onto Provincial Route 1 North / Trans Canada Highway North.

The drive to Nanaimo from Victoria will take approximately one and a half hours.

From Port Hardy

It takes about two hours to drive to Sayward from Port Hardy.

Take Highway 19 South to Sayward.

Turn left at the Sayward Junction and proceed approximately 3km to the Heritage Hall, which is the start and finish line for the race.

The Heritage Hall is on the left-hand side of the road.