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this is one of the battleship islands in garibaldi provincial park, british columbia. this is also at night, the day before full moon. i just happen to have camped during every full moon for the past few months, i think on mostly clear nights. doesn’t make it easy to sleep.
this is the underneath of wedgmount lake glacier.
this hike is neither really easy or majorly difficult as some descriptions would have you believe. granted it is very steep, ascending 3300ft in under 6km, but i was still stood at the lake in under 2 and a half hours from the trailhead, far from the 6-7 hours i had anticipated. i paced myself based on 6 hours each way, but it was nowhere near. i did pass a lot of people who i predict would’ve taken around 3 to 4 hours, i just prefer to blast through it in one hefty push and have more time to explore at the top. plus i was a sweating, exhausted, calf-burned mess once i got to the lake, whereas they were probably fairly relaxed and sans-sweat.
before this clearing there is a short flat-ish section of really nice furry forest and then you start to get glimpses of the huge waterfall to the right. after some more steep, forest bits the final section is a ridiculously steep boulder field. horrible to come down. good views though.
after that you’re pretty much there. i spent a good 5 hours wandering around, swimming in the lake, walking on the glacier, seeing avalanches and goats etc. before heading back down. it took me about an hour to descend using tried and tested fell running style.
that’s a goat.
that’s the underside of a glacier.
‘on top of the world or on the bottom of the food chain’ – jehst
long vid from a day in the bike park. filled a memory card within 2 hours, leaving the last 6 hours of riding unvideoedededed.
massive storm in the squamish valley. forecast couldn’t have been more wrong – 32 degrees and sunny. lifts opened late at whistler due to the lightning so ended up doing a crazy ‘adventure’ ride in squam.
plan was to hike right up to black tusk but when i read the snow report i read it as 2 feet of snow and not 2 metres, which is a significant difference when you’re wearing a pair of trainers and spending the night there. had to employ the old carrier bag trick for day 2.
this is the barrier, a lava dam below garibaldi lake. should the unstable rock collapse it would release the lakes above which would potentially destroy squamish and other downstream villages. wikipedia told me this.
camped below black tusk at taylor meadows. not much sign of meadow-ness but a good view of the tusk. this being the longest day of the year it seemed to stay light out late into the night.
can’t say i was too thrilled by this crossing. ice on wet wood? may as well cover that walkway in banana skins.
garibaldi lake, still ice covered except for this small patch. the approach to the lake felt very much like cougar country, especially as we were following a trail of cat-like imprints for a good stretch of it.