Still Unresolved Plane Crash in the Callaghan Valley

Written by: Scott

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: Scott

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  Is the gear so outdated and beaten up that they wouldn't show well?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

Train Wreck

Decades ago a train derailed south of Whistler near what is now Function Junction.  Seven train cars were left scattered next to the Cheakamus River.  As it turns out, time and ...
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Joffre Lakes

The three Joffre Lakes are some of the most stunning lakes you are likely to ever see.  The three lakes get progressively more beautiful and impossibly blue from one to the ...
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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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Whistler Hiking Trails

Cheakamus Lake

Cheakamus Lake is a wonderfully relaxing way to get in the wilderness easily and quickly from Whistler Village.  The trail begins on the far side of Whistler Mountain, 8 ...
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Callaghan Lake

Callaghan Lake Provincial Park is a relatively untouched wilderness of rugged mountainous terrain. The valley walls were formed by relatively recent glaciation.  Evidence of ...
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Brew Lake

Brew Lake is beautiful mountain lake just a short drive south of Whistler and is relatively unknown and seldom hiked. Laying at the base of Mount Brew, Brew Lake lays in a ...
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