Sunday
Aug152010

Joffre Lakes

Jen and I headed up to Pemberton on Friday and then hiked Joffre Lakes on Saturday before returning home. It was very buggy on the way up to the Lakes, but fortunately wasn't that bad once we were at the top. The lakes were beautiful, but we weren't blown away. I think that's mainly because the West Coast Trail set such a high bar. Just finishing such an amazing trip like that it's hard for a day hike to really compare.

Lower Joffre Lake. No hiking required for the first lake. It's just a few hundred meters from the parking lot.

 

Middle Joffre Lake, this shot doesn't show the glacier but you can see it from a different location. This is looking west, the Glacier is to the south.

 

Upper Joffre Lake. There are a few trees in the way but it gives you a good view of the mountains, glacier and camping area (lower right slightly obscured by tree branch).

 


Matier Glacier.

 


The tent in the lower left corner should give you an idea of the scale of this place.

 


Upper Joffre Lake looking north (away from the Matier Glacier).

 


South West of Upper Joffre Lake looking between Tszil Mt (left) and Mt. Taylor (right).

 


Jen heading back down the trail. This is the boulder section.

Friday
Aug132010

Granville Island Snapshots

Jen and I decided to take advantage of the great weather and headed down to Granville Island for dinner last night. I took a few snaps.

 

 

 

Tuesday
Aug102010

West Coast Trail - Day 7

Day 7 : Michigan Creek to Pachena Bay and Home

Last day on the trail, it was all overland no beach. The fog/mist was very thick (I love shooting in the fog), but we were tired and looking forward to the end. The last day was 12k and technically the easiest day, but it still felt long and tiring. 

 

 Into the mist. It felt like we were walking in a biodome.

 

 

There were a couple of sections where the trail was just covered in fallen trees.

 

 

 We were making good time, but we were tired.

 

To the left and right are each root systems of fallen trees. You could get an idea of how long the tree had been falled based on how many and how high up the ferns had grown on them.

 

Fog, my favourite weather to shoot in.

 

This was a huge fallen tree, it came up to about my shoulders.

 

Another part of the trail covered in fallen trees and debree.

 

We came upon a few of these signs on the last day. One warning of a bear and two cubs commonly sighted in the area and this one warning of cougars.

 

More fallen trees, I really like the way this tree has broken apart.

 

Surprise! Under 1 km to go and we came upon a section of the trail that had been closed because of fallen trees. To get around it we had to go up ladders and then back down ladders. So much for an easy walk out.

 

Me on the last hundred meters or so of the trail.

 

Finished! The people in the background were just about to start their adventure.

 

This is the West Coast Express bus which shuttled us from Pachena Bay to Port Renfrew. This is in Port Renfrew, I think it's loading hikers that are headed for the Juan de Fuca trail and then on to Victoria where it drops off the rest of the people from the West Coast Trail.

It was a very interesting trip back to Port Renfrew. Picture about 10-15 hikers all asleep while the bus is going as fast as possible on bumpy gravel roads. Everyones heads were bobbing around, the guy behind us wedged his head in the back between the two seats. I wasn't sure if he was sleeping or trying to keep from throwing up (turns out he was sleeping, phew).  

Our ferry trip was perfectly timed to get a great view of the sunset.

 

People on the top deck enjoying the view.

 

 

So that's it. We had a great time on the trail. I'm so glad we did it.

 

 

Monday
Aug092010

West Coast Trail - Day 6

Day 6: Tsusiat Falls to Michigan Creek

From the Tsusiat Falls camp site you have to backtrack a little to get to (surprise, surprise) a set of ladders. This was another long day, I think we did about 14k.

 

You see these signs all along the trail. They lead the way to safety in the event of a tsunami.


Looking back towards the beach near Tsusiat Falls.

Perfect spot for a bench. I believe this is looking back towards Tsusiat Falls but I'm not 100% sure.

 

Cable Car! There's a group ahead of us here, you can't really tell but there are people in the cable car and heading across.

James holding the cable car stead while Allie and Jen get out on the other side.

 

Me. The gaiters were great at keeping out the sand and mud.

 

Donkey Engine. This is the second of two on the trail.

 

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We had about an hour and a half break here. This is actually where the Tsocowis Creek campsite is. It's a beautiful spot with a great waterfall to the left of this image (not visible in the shot). 

 

Nothing but the Pacific Ocean.

After our break we took the overland route because we were tired of the sand. This was taken right after we came out of that part. The beach was the only option at this point.

Fog in the distance.

 

Allie and James.

 

Rocks and Fog.

 

The view looking North from the Michigan Creek campsite. The fog in the distance was heading our way.

 

Our camp site.

 

Buoys are used to mark varrious things on the trail (beach access/trail access points, campsites, paths to the washrooms/bear chache).

 

Fog rolling in. We had hoped that we wouldn't have fog on our last night (the condensation means wet tents and a heavier pack), but no such luck. Can't complain though, it's still better than rain.

Up Next: Last Day - Michigan Creek to Pachena Bay and Home

 

Friday
Aug062010

West Coast Trail - Day 5

Day 5: Cribs Creek to Tsusiat Falls

Day 5 was a long day, 16k and most of it on the sand. This mist and fog didn't really lift that much this day. It may look like it's raining in a couple shots but it was just a heavy mist.

 

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Looking back towards Cribs Creek (if you look close there are a couple of dots in the top left, that's the Cribs Creek Campsite). We had to scramble up the log in the bottom of the photo, which is much higher up than it looks.

 

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Off the rock shelf and onto the sand.

 

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A second section of rock shelf.

 

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James doing his best cliff hanger move to help Allie down.

 

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This is so perfect it almost seems setup. A starfish sitting right in the middle of an almost perfect circular tidal pool.

 

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Nice spot for lunch, pretty good view. What you can't tell is that about a step back from James is a vertical cliff down to the beach.

 

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The crab shack at Nitnat Narrows. This is where you catch the ferry across the narrows, but why not stop and have a crab and beer. We skipped the crab (too expensive and we're not that into crab), split a beer and coke and each grabbed a beer for the road.

 

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A large portion of the trail skirted the edge of the cliffs on the coastline.

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A good example of how close the trail was to the edge of the cliff.

 

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The view was ok from here ;)

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Back on the trail.

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I can't remember what the name of this is, but Hole-in-the-wall, we hiked around and through it.

 

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The tide was too high to walk around on the sand so we had climb up and around to get through the hole in the last photo.

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View north from our campsite at Tsusiat falls.

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Yes, that's KD and beer for dinner, best on the trail!

 

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The Tsusiat Falls campsite, looking south from our tent. The falls were barely running because it hadn't rained in so long. From what I hear when they're running enough you can actually jump from the top and land in a pool, but the water level was only about waist high for us. An acceptable tradeoff for good whether as far as I'm concerned.

Up Next : Tsusiat Falls to Michigan Creek

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