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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-08-2011, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Posting this trip report from our hike to Panorama Ridge at panoramic Garibaldi Provincial Park over this past weekend.....

Me and my friend Dada started a bit too late on Saturday at about 10:30 a.m. from North Van. Our goal for the day was to have an overnight stay at 1900 m elevation gain below Panorama Ridge and the next day possibly ascending the top of Panorama Ridge (2100 m). Since we were not certain if this is going to be attainable for slushy snow, we decided to wait until Sunday.

Time started ticking at about 12:20 p.m. when we took off on some tiring 7 and half hour hike. Yes, we got lost a bit and needed to use the topo map and the compass (didn't have GPS). From Taylor Meadows, neither there were marks on the trees nor there were any foot prints that would be human's (we didn't want to follow the cougar's )...

Anyway, we made a 15 minute loop around the forest towards the Black Tusk Lake leaving the glittering snowy meadows behind. Later on, we merged onto someone's snow shoe footprints that must have been week old. At about 7:30 p.m. we approached the 1900 m (not sure what the name of the hill is below Panorama Ridge).

Main attraction of the whole day was the twilight zone of Black Tusk. The next day in the morning we had again amazing views of Castle Towers, Mt. Price, Sphinx, Table Mountain, Mt. Garibaldi just to name few...This was my first time of winter camping and hope to do some more into the summer until the snow lasts

And here are the photos of the trip:



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Love the pictures and campsite.
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Wow, great photos. You really caught some nice lighting there!
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Great job

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Nice one!

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quote...) Later on, we merged onto someone's snow shoe footprints that must have been week old. (...)
And if you'd dug under those, you would have discovered another set of footprints, and then another one buried under the other two, etc - all of them the same size and spaced about a week apart in time.
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Nice shots. I really like the Black Tusk one with the Tusk. That's a long way to carry an overnight winter bag on snowshoes.
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nice TR and thanks for sharing, what is the snow level there now? after 4km?
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Taylor meadows without bugs[^]. It's the best time to camp.

It's a beautiful area. Didn't happen to see a lone hiking blur ascending Panorama in the wee hours of the morning did you?
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those are some amazing photos!! Thanks for sharing!
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quote:And if you'd dug under those, you would have discovered another set of footprints, and then another one buried under the other two, etc - all of them the same size and spaced about a week apart in time.
...and knight/bull takes bishop....
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I forgot to mention that the way back to parking lot only took us 3 hrs by running it down most of the time. What a difference it made towards the 7 hrs!
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I forgot to mention that the way back to parking lot only took us 3 hrs by running it down most of the time. What a difference it made towards the 7 hrs!
That's the way to do it! Great pics Kat, the weather could not have been better that weekend
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Beautiful. Springtime in the alpine.
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quote:nice TR and thanks for sharing, what is the snow level there now? after 4km?
Up to Taylor Meadows there was occasional snow patches that can be done without snowshoes (plus you can run on it too if you want...). From that point on there was 10-20 cm of snow (under 1900). On the ascent towards Panorama Ridge the depth was to the knee length at 1900 elevation gain and above.
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Excellent, the beauty around there is ever enticing.
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