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Hiking outside of Whistler BC – Garibaldi Lake

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Garibaldi Lake is a glacially fed destination to the southeast of Whistler BC. This is a hiking destination which may be a bit of an effort but is also 100% worth the effort. Taking at least 4 hours or so at a reasonable hiking pace this 20km or so hike takes you through a typical BC forest into sub-alpine terrain. Walking through wildflower meadows beneath the well known landmark Black Tusk this is not only extremely beautiful but also gives great context to the alpine peaks surrounding Whistler.

If you have never considered this hike and call the area home this should definitely be on the hit list. Starting off between Squamish and Whistler a short gravel road drive will take you to the trail head before a well marked trail escorts you to the top. On a summer weekend there will undoubtedly be traffic along the way but the beauty of the lake, wildlife and scenery is like nothing else. Do yourself a favour and make this BC adventure a priority!

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A hike before a wait….

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For the past seven months my Canon 7D has had the annoying battery-communication error message that seems all too popular these days. With a reasonable time ahead with no photo obligations on the horizon it is finally time to send the camera off for repair. With that in mind, there will be no photos for the duration of of the repair.

If anyone has had this issue on their 7D it is apparently an issue with the battery connection. The camera is unable to communicate properly and as a result can not read the status of the battery charge. Additionally the battery discharges when connected at an increased rate as compared to standard timing. The camera does actually work as it should but is simply a PITA along the way.

Here are a couple photos from North Vancouver’s Deep Cove Quarry Rock hike to tide wait.

Until next time.

Dustan

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Climbing the Squamish Chief

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It has been some 2 years since I last climbed the Squamish (or Stawamus) Chief and seen the incredible vista from the top. Kelly and I made the trek this past Friday to crack Kelly’s chief-ginity… The hike is steep but the view at the peak is well worth it. Having a beer at the peak is also a bonus!!!!

 
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A Bokeh-Curious Chipmunk

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Cypress Falls, A Great Hike That You Have Never Heard Of.

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Feeling like the first real sign of Summer, this past weekend was a flurry of activity. One such outing was trying out the Cypress Falls hiking trail. Starting off at the end of Woodgreen Pl. in West Vancouver this is a 90min or so easy hike up to a beautiful waterfall. Stay on the west side of Cypress Creek and it is pretty hard to get lost. A great hike that seems to be fairly unknown.

Here is the start of the trail. Park next to the tennis courts and it is pretty hard to miss


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And here are a few pics from the hike.

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A Hike around Buntzen Lake

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Buntzen lake is located in Port Moody BC. It is a great summer retreat away from the city without really going all that far. There is a hike around the lake that is about 8km long and is not too challenging. There is a beach half way around as well that is generally much quieter than the one closer to the park entrance.

The hike is a great way to spend a sunny day and taking a dip in the lake is very refreshing.

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A Day Away on Bowen Island

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I have lived in a reasonable distance from Vancouver BC for most of the past 15 years or so. If you are a reasonable distance from Vancouver, it turns out that you are also a reasonable distance from a little hippy-clad place called Bowen Island. An area that is known of, an area that is respected, yet an area that not a ton of people go to. As a short little day trip adventure Kelly and I took off, parked in Horseshoe Bay and took the ferry over to Snug Cove on Bowen Island.

Walking off the ferry, the trails start immediately. There are two main hikes on the island. One that goes to the top of Mt Gardner and another that goes around Killarny Lake. For this trip we packed a lunch and took the short loop around the lake. Beautiful forest. great bridgework, a few viewpoints along the way. All in all a great walk/hike. Nothing crazy athletics wise, but relaxing, pretty and a great hike.

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Hiking the Lions – The top of our local world

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The Lions Peak is a mountain behind Cypress outside of Vancouver. The hike starts in Lions bay off highway 99 heading up towards Squamish/Whistler. The total hike takes anywhere from 5-8hrs depending on how fast you plan to go. A great day hike, or you can even camp out if you are feeling it. While I was recently doing this hike, someone actually fell into a crevasse and had to be heli-rescued. Here are some photos from the day’s hike.

I miss having a dog

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I grew up with a golden retriever and have always loved the breed. In a dog free house, I’ll take any chance I get to go out for a hike with a friend’s four legged friend.

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