Throwback Thursday shot to 10(!) years ago today, and my first venture up the Fat Dog trail in Manning Park with its great views of Mt Hozameen. Took me 3 attempts to make it all the way up to the Heather Trail.
Having completed my Once Around the Sun contribution to Throwback Thursday, I had to come up with an alternative source of historical inspiration. Looking back over the years, I decided that dredging up the past from a decade ago would be a reasonable thing to do. And so my first offering for that is a photo taken from the Fat Dog Trail in Manning Park, a winter-only trail that winds its way up old logging roads to the alpine and then along a ridge to join the famously-flowery Heather Trail. Coincidentally, this view was also the subject of the first Instagram post I wrote about on this blog.
Funnily enough, this particular photo isn’t in our set on Flickr for this trip, and there are a few there that I would happily delete (which shows how my photographic tastes have changed over the years – hopefully for the better). But I really like this shot: Mt Hozameen framed by the trees, and a lovely S-shaped swoosh mark left by a skier leading the viewer into the frame. I’d like the framing to be a little tighter, but it was only a 4-megapixel camera so I don’t have much room for manoeuvre there.
And this also marks my 350th (!) photo on Instagram 🙂
Garibaldi views: the Table and the north face of Mt Garibaldi from the summit of Mt Price, taken on Thanksgiving 2012
I posted this because it’s a rainy grey Saturday and I wanted to see something nice 🙂
The summer of 2012 was long and dry, and we got out on quite a few backpacking trips. The last one of the year was to Garibaldi Lake on a warm and sunny Thanksgiving weekend. It really did feel more like summer. Like many destinations, Mt Price had been on our list for a while and we were happy to get to its summit and enjoy the incredible views. I usually say that Panorama Ridge has the best views in Garibaldi, but Mt Price is a close second, albeit at the expense of a much tougher hike; it’s not one for inexperienced hikers, which means it’s lovely and quiet, and we had this view all to ourselves.
Mamquam Mountain from a few weeks ago after the first dusting of snow. There’ll be way more than that now.
Mamquam is a huge massif of a mountain, and it can be tricky to photograph effectively. The version of this photo on Flickr has a little less presence than this one, and even that’s a crop from the full image. But that’s one of the things I actually like about Instagram: it forces you to change the perspective on an image, and gives the opportunity to highlight one or two features of a particular scene. And so it is with this photo – a tighter crop, a touch of warming, and a little bit of desaturating to emphasize shape and texture and before you know it, you have a completely different photo.
Gorgeous Yak Peak from a nearby bump we called the Naklet. Sitting at the summit with our feet over the edge wasn’t as scary as it looks.
On Monday of this week I went out with a Wanderung group to Yak Peak. I’ve not been particularly drawn to this hike before because its stats match those of the Grouse Grind: 850 m elevation gain over about 3 km. But this hike couldn’t be further from the Grind, and I must admit I enjoyed pretty much every step along the way. It was an excellent hike. Sure, it’s short and steep, and it starts off with 15 minutes of walking alongside a busy highway, but the scenery is stupendous, the climb was never boring, and the terrain just invited further exploration. So that’s what we have to do next time: get up and explore some more. A fantastic day out!