More High Grounds, While Summer Lingers
Garibaldi Lake and the peaks around it are probably the best hiking grounds near Vancouver. And probably the best places for outdoor photography as well. In the last of week of August, a Calgary-based landscape photographer Victor Liu came to visit me and we together hiked up to the summit of Panorama Ridge with fully loaded backpacks and camped there for a night so as to take a couple of Milky Way shots. And then we went down to the lake shore for another night, where we had some nice sunset and sunrise shots.
It was a tough hike, on the first day. Fifteen kilometers one way, fifteen hundred meters elevation gain. The last section up Panorama Ridge was a scramble. There is barely any flat ground for pitching up a tent on the top, and the slopes around are very steep. A slight wrong move whiling unpacking costed me a sleeping mattress, which rolled down the glacier beyond reach. And there were other interesting stories during the trip.
Victor is an accomplished photographer and I enjoyed his company during the trip. He is also an avid writer, so I leave out the interesting episodes of our trip here and let Victor write them up some time later. Did you read this, Victor?