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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

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!

 

 

 

Blackcomb’s Night Sky

I just missed the sunset and orange clouds

I just missed the sunset and orange clouds

Last night was another incredible night in Whistler.  The sunset meant the clouds were showing a stunning golden glow.  My original goal was to head out and attempt another ‘cloud trail’ style picture like this picture that I took in the UK.  I was just a few minutes late getting set up and missed the glow so I decided to wait a few hours and try a star trail instead.  I think it turned out pretty well!

It was a beautiful night over Blackcomb

It was a beautiful night over Blackcomb

Bcomb Night sky signed

Blackcomb star Trail

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

Cut Yer Bars

CYB Roll Dale 2 signed

We have been blessed with some incredible weather in Whistler the past few days.  This time of year is amazing.  A great mix of people wandering through the village.  Skiers, boarders, bikers, hikers, you name it, they are all strolling about.

Checking Out CYB

A mate and I ducked into this awesome trail near the village and played around.  Cut Yer Bars is a short but fun trail with some fast fun descents, a couple of cool rock rolls and a little bit of pedaling for good measure.  It was a glorious day.

CYB Roll 3

CU

CYB Roll

CU 2

Front On

 

Cloud Trail

The World Ski and Snowboard Festival has been and gone in Whistler.  Unfortunately I missed most of it as I left the country for a week.  The good news is I was gone to attend a wedding.  A fantastic wedding.  I was actually put into a suit.  Outrageous.

English House

While I was in Norfolk I experimented with a new photo technique.  I took the technique I use when taking star trails and applied it to clouds.  I was relatively happy with my first attempt and I cannot wait to play around with this more over the next few months.

English House cloud lapse

What do you think? Any comments, advice or ideas?

Star Trail in Chamonix

Awhile ago now, when I was in Chamonix in January, I wanted to attempt a star trail photograph in the French Alps.  Unfortunately the view towards the more dramatic peaks and the Aiguille du Midi was obscured by blowing snow.  So I aimed my camera at the only space in the sky that was clear.  It’s not perfect however this is what I came up with.

Balcons Star Trail

What do you think? Is it better in colour or black and white?

Balcons Star Trail B&W