Wilderness Tips and Hiking/Camping Advice

Written by: SixMonthsInHiatus

A little knowledge before you head out into the wilderness is a good idea.  Especially if you are new to hiking or in unknown terrain.  Planning a suitable hike is a great first step is having a great hike.  Bringing along extra clothing and food is a great idea and having a first aid kit will help you with any troubles you may encounter.  Courtesy and hiking etiquette is an important factor as well.  Leaving no trace and packing out what you pack in are paramount to keeping the wilderness wild.  Clothing, gear and how you pack is not always straight forward and having a checklist to work from will avoid any mistakes in packing.

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Still Unresolved Plane Crash in the Callaghan Valley

Written by: SixMonthsInHiatus

Alexander Falls, high up in the Callaghan Valley in Whistler has some interesting historical murals and a mysterious plaque. The information board with as short history of the areas surrounding the falls, complete with museum-like pictures of the regions logging history.  One depicts, "A Land of Giants" and describes, with photos, how incredibly huge trees were cut down and moved.  One picture from 1910, shows 10 men sitting on an enormous, felled tree and looking tiny by comparison.  The depiction goes on to show how First Nations people felled trees as long as 8000 years ago. The history of logging continues to present day logging practices in British Columbia and around Whistler are depicted in another nice museum-like mural on BC's "Green Advantage" and sustainable future.  The drive to Alexander Falls is very nice.  As soon as you turn off from the Sea to Sky Highway into the Callaghan Valley you ascend quickly into the mountains.  Bears along the roadside are frequently seen as they seem to have a particular fondness for the fields of grass that grow in the sunny meadows that surround this recently constructed, paved road.

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Why is it so hard to rent hiking gear in Whistler.. or anywhere?

Written by: SixMonthsInHiatus

I can't quite figure out why renting hiking gear is so painful.  First, you have to search for places to rent from and they are somewhat rare.  When you do find a place that rents, the gear descriptions are absurdly vague.  Describing an item for rent with just a couple words like "backpack" and "overnight backpack", leaves you wondering what you will get.  A 20 year old, grungy backpack?  An uncomfortable and ill fitting backpack?  Why aren't there pictures of the gear on rental sites?  Is the gear so outdated and beaten up that they wouldn't show well?  My second gripe with gear rental outfits is the lack of inspiration.  They offer just a dinner menu of items to rent, with no thought into recommending what may be best for what you want to hike.  

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Whistler Hiking Maps

Meager Hot Springs

Meager Creek Hot Springs is located 93k northwest of Whistler, was beautifully developed into gorgeous pools, with a caretaker and usage charge.  At its height of popularity, ...
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Wedgemount Lake

Wedgemount Lake is an emerald paradise laying below Wedgemount Glacier, which flows from Wedge Mountain.  Wedgemount Lake lays in a chaotic, alpine boulder strewn landscape ...
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Black Tusk

Black Tusk is the extraordinarily iconic and appropriately named mountain that can be seen from almost everywhere in Whistler.  The massive black spire of crumbling rock juts ...
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Whistler Hiking Trails

Panorama Ridge

New this past year reservations are required for camping at Garibaldi Lake campground and Taylor Meadows campground from June 29th-September 30th, 2016. Camping fees must be paid ...
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Logger's Lake

Logger's Lake is an amazing little lake hidden up in the deep forest above the more well known Cheakamus RiverThe lake, almost unbelievably exists in a long extinct ...
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Cheakamus River

Cheakamus River is the beautiful, crashing and turquoise coloured river that flows from Cheakamus Lake, through the Cheakamus Valley to Daisy Lake.  Also a popular kayaking ...
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Russet Lake

Russet Lake is a surreal little paradise that lays at the base of the Fissile.  The Fissile is the strikingly bronze mountain visible from Whistler Village.  From the Village ...
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