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Up the Duffey

Mountain Range SGD

One of my favourite things about living in the Whistler area is the fact that it only takes about 20 minutes drive to get away from the crowds.  Don’t get me wrong, Whistler is awesome.  It’s a lot of fun with an incredible amount of things to do in some of the best scenery around but lets not kid ourselves, it can get crowded.  That’s where a short sneaky drive north comes in handy.

Darkside Lake SGD

Down the Valley SGD

A couple of weeks ago we headed into the Duffey Lake area and we were planning to do a bit of a hike and a scramble and then chill out for the night.  There was an old decommissioned road which, fortunately for us, we could drive a decent way up.

Truck deep in scrub

This cut our hiking time down considerably which was good news as it meant we could justify carrying in a couple of extra beers! Crucial! The views were amazing from the get go!

Meadow with a View SGD

Up the Duffey

SC Stream 2 SGD

SC Stream SGD

Darkside Lake Avy Path SGD

Darkside lake Southern View SGD

It also meant we had a bit of extra time to scramble up some scree and see some pretty stunning views high about the lake!

Look across Darkside lake

Look across Darkside lake

It was steep and possibly a little sketchy…

Steep Traverse Darkside Lake SGD

Back at ascent

It was incredible being in such isolated and enormous terrain.

Sunshine Valley SGD

Looming Clouds SGD

During the course of our scramble we dislodged a rock or two and it was impressive and somewhat intimidating to see the path they took down the hill.  Definitely a no fall zone!

DI treads lightly SGD

Benny Traverses SGD

Trundle Time SGD

Scoping out the terrain, I cannot wait to get back here in the winter.  Some excellent skiing to be had, that is for sure!

We had a mixture of weather as well.  Three seasons that day at least.  We had a nice little downpour during dinner.  Gave us a good excuse to have some drinks and then in the early hours of the morning the skies cleared which was perfect!

SC Trees Night SKy SGD

Steep Creek ST SGD copy

An awesome overnight trip!

Darkside Lake & Chutes Pan SGD copy

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Back to Semaphore

Semaphore Lakes Panorama SGD copy

Well, summer is most certainly here.  With the mercury rising above 30°C, things have been getting a little warm, the sun has been doing it’s best to melt everything but that didn’t stop us getting back to Semaphore Lakes (click link for my first trip up there) for our first hike of the season.  It’s a good trek to start the season with as it is a fairly mellow trail.  It’s only about one hour and a half in, a little steep in parts as the trail rises 300 odd metres in a short distance.

The Trio Walk Clearing Trek

Along the trail there is a beautiful creek, a beautiful forest and as you get closer to the top the trail opens up into a stunning clearing.  Once the 300 metres has been conquered an incredible view of the top lake and the main backdrop of the landscape, Locomotive Mountain, burst into view.

Locomotive thru Trees SGDLocomotive from trees SGD Semaphore Vs Locomotive SGD

My favourite campsite is down by the lower lake.  It still offers fantastic views of Locomotive Mountain and is near to amazing little ‘stream rapids’ and views down the valley.

The lower lake is where we camped.  It was a short scramble to this view looking down the valley.

The lower lake is where we camped. It was a short scramble to this view looking down the valley.

There was barely a cloud in the sky so the night time photography was promising.  Star trails were at a risk of seeming a bit dull due to the near  full moon… Moon at Semaphore…however I think the foreground ended up coming out pretty well.Semaphore Little Lake ST signed

I spent the rest of the night playing around with the night sky…

Semaphore Tree Star Trail SGD Lwr Lake By Night SGD Lwr Semaphore Lake night SGD Lwr Lake by night 2 SGD

Let me know what you think!

 

 

 

Hippy Lake

A couple of weeks ago we ventured just south of Whistler to a campsite near Hippy Lake.  The campsite was set right by the Cheakamus River amongst some amazingly tall trees.  It was a full moon which gave an amazing feeling as the glow shone through behind the trees.  It was an absolutely stunning night as you can tell by the shots below.  I also tried a new editing technique which I haven’t quite got dialed but I am working on it!

We arrived in time to attempt some ‘flowing river’ shots…

Cheakamus River flowing

Cheakamus River by Hippy Lake

Cheakamus Blue

Before heading out for some night shots it was time to fire up the charcoal BBQ…

Snags

Snagss

Then it was time for a wander to see what we could produce…

Bungee Bridge Light Show

Bungee light show BH signed

These next photos were taken just before midnight…

Bungee Lake 2330 signed

Lake & Full Moon

Lake, Sparks, Moon & reflection signed

Hut & Moon trial

And finally it was back to the campfire for some rest and honey Jack Daniels…

Shooting a fire

Bungee Bridge Night Sky

Bunge Bridge Last Wednesday was the full moon.  It was an excellent night to go camping as it was warm, dry and incredibly stunning.  We headed to a campsite near Hippy Lake just south of Whistler.  I wasn’t sure if I would be able to take a decent star trail as the stars seemed a little faint however, fortunately, it turned out fairly well.

Bungee Bridge Star Trial

Surprise Aurora

Change is in the air in Whistler at the moment.  The sun is out, the days are warming up and the snow is melting extremely quickly.  My thoughts have turned to biking and for the past week that is all I have been doing.

Work has slowed down rapidly and a couple of nights ago it was completely dead.  I decided to call it quits, grab my camera and head down to the lake as it was a fairly clear night.  A little bit of mist, fortunately not too much.

Alta Lake

My aim was to attempt a star trail and as I was playing around taking some test shots I noticed a very obvious green tinge on the camera that my eyes weren’t picking up.

Alta Lake Aurora

Alta Lake tree shot

Alta Lake Light show and Star Trail2 signed

Hopefully we get some more nights like this over the next few months.

The Midlands

We are very lucky to have the use of this beauty for our cruising

We are very lucky to have the use of this beauty for our cruising

Down by the River Trent

Down by the River Trent

The English trip continues.  Currently I am in London, about to head out and do a spot of touristic cruising.  Before I came back down to the capital, I spent a couple of days in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.  We were blessed with a couple of glorious days and it was great to get around and see the beautiful English countryside and the River Trent.

Public pathways through farms are abundant

Public pathways through farms are abundant

Fields Clouds

River Trent

River Trent

River Trent 2We staying in this incredible converted barn which really helped attain an old fashioned English feel.  Our vehicle looked perfect outside it.  If only we owned both of them.  Oh well!

Merc at barn 2

Southwell is known for it’s minster, a beautiful building that is over 900 years old.  I didn’t get any photos of it this time around, however I’ll be sure to get some in just over a week.

Brick House

Although I didn’t get any pictures of Southwell’s most famous landmark, I did take some of the surrounding area and countryside.  I was particularly intrigued by an awesome overgrown lane way close to where we were staying.

Overgrown laneway 2

The OG Laneway

Overgrown Laneway croppedIt was just a short trip to Southwell this time around, however I’ll be back up there in just over a week to do some more exploring.  In the meantime, it’s off to the sights of London, followed by a few tough days in Paris.

Typical English country view

Typical English country view

Sun-showers never disappoint

Sun-showers never disappoint

 

 

 

Matukituki Valley

On my final day in Wanaka we decided to keep with the theme of hiking and headed into the Matukituki Valley.  We didn’t quite have a full day so we barely scratched the surface of what this valley has to offer.  I did manage to practice some more moving water shots which kept me very happy.