Me and M went to Garibaldi on Labour Day weekend.
Garibaldi provincial park is located about 1.5 hours away from Downtown Vancouver halfway between Squamish and Whistler.
We started the day at 6am! (To fight for campground space) and end up getting to Taylor Meadows at 11am. Then we clonked out, unpacked and decided to do the Black Tusk hike….slowly. Seriously, for Labour day weekend the weather was amazing and hot. (at least 23 degrees on the top of the mountain surrounded by snow!)
Black Tusk is the left over of the insides of an extinct volcano, its another 5 or 6km one way from the camp site… and it was steep with parts of the trail still snow covered and another part covered with very loose rock.
We stopped at the base and didn’t climb up because of the danger of falling rocks…actually it was because we were tired and lazy. But it is a bit dangerous to scramble up those loose rocks.
Then we hiked back and had dinner. When M goes camping he normally eats beans and a sausage. Not with me though! Full on feast if I can help it 🙂
So after sleeping for god knows how many hours in my very cozy down sleeping bag, we went to hike Panorama Ridge. (7km from camp one way). It was hot, sunny and I got burnt. The scenery was spectacular, especially with this year late blooming wild flowers.
Panorama Ridge takes you to a 360degree view of the surroundings. Snow capped coastal mountains,#160; the bluest glacier lake, the ocean in the distance. Orgasmic! The photo below doesn’t do the view justice or the blueness of the lake.
Possibly the highlight of the day and entire trip was sliding all the way back down the mountain. Lets just say that sliding down a slope the equivalent of a black diamond run will cause:
1) lost of control
2)sliding headfirst down a mountain
3) snow burn while wearing shorts and to shirt
4) soaked bottoms
But lots of thrills and fun!
We ended our day going from the top of the mountain the Garibaldi Lake down below. Dipped my feet into the glacial lake….lets just say that even though its 25 degrees outside, the lake is still at a cool 3 degrees. How do some people manage to swim in it?
Well, that’s all folks. Until next time which will be our trip to Mexico!