It is dark and raining today (Saturday), so it is a good time to write a blog entry. Yesterday was glorious, clear and sunny. About noon I decided to take the rest of the week off and begin the Thanksgiving weekend with a hike to the top of Mt. Gardner, here on Bowen Island. The panorama from the sub-summit viewpoint is a thumb — please click to see larger.
On a clear day, the views from the helicopter pads on the sub-peak of Mt. Gardner are a great reward for the walk. All of Vancouver seems to be at your feet. While the sky was a clear dark blue overhead, the lower atmosphere was hazy, so the most distant features were hard to distinguish. Mt. Baker is lost in the clouds. I’ve even seen Mt. Rainier from here — but not today.
It always amazes me that there are local residents who don’t know the names of the nearby hills. The mile-high mountains on the east side of Howe Sound provide the Vancouver hiking community with outstanding views, great exercise, and fairly easy access.
Here are the names of the peaks we all know well.
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The trails up all of these mountains begin in the town of Lion’s Bay.
Looking to the north west…
On the left, in the distance is Texada Island in the Georgia Strait. The town is Gibsons, on the Sunshine Coast. Up behind the town is Mount Elphinstone. The mountains that are just beginning to show some snow are in and around Tetrahedron Provincial Park.
Edited to add this pan. I know it doesn’t really belong in this entry; but I was interested, and if I stretch the point, I see a relationship. It is about the new snow in our watershed.
At 10 am on Friday I was trying to find out how much snow had arrived, and how high I’d have to climb to find it. This pan was made by stitching the images from the web cam on Blackcomb mountain. You are looking at the runs on Whistler Mountain 2190 m / 7200 ft. Conclusion: seems clear that all of the new snow is above 4,000 ft. I am not ready to take the skis out of the garage.
[This old blog entry receives quite a few hits. Unfortunately the pictures were stored at a program of Web Shots, called AllYouCanUpload, with the promise that the images would be there ‘Forever.’ Forever happened when American Greetings bought Web Shots and closed that service — and so the links to the pictures vanished. On 2010 Nov 16 I dug up and re-edited those images; and reposted them here, in the blog itself.]