Backcountry Free-Ski Descent II - Pacific Coast Mountains, Canada

Classic coast mountain country. A stunning vista of barren volcanic rock formations and snow-capped mountain peaks, with visuals extending across an infinite field of glacier-fed crater lakes, ice fields and dense rainforests in Garibaldi Provincial Park and the Pacific coastal mountains of southwestern British Columbia, Canada.

 

First tracks from a backcountry free-ski descent to the Cheakamus River valley floor, left foreground.

 

A gradual uphill 9 km (5.5 miles) summer hike through dense forests of Douglas Fir and volcanic lava formations to the deep subapline basin that contains the glacial waters of Garibaldi Lake at 1,500 m (4,900 ft).

 

Another day or two to explore some of the lush alpine meadows, streams, waterfalls, glaciers, icefields and other peaks in the larger volcanic field, including Black Tusk at 2319 m (7608 ft).

 

The Tusk (North Face) on the horizon is the oldest of nine small andesitic stratovolcanos formed more than a million years ago with numerous basaltic andesite vents in the volcanic field, part of a larger chain of volcanic peaks that runs through Northern California to southwestern British Columbia.

 

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