The Black Tusk dominates the Garibaldi Provincial Park skyline. If you have never been into Garibaldi Provincial Park and you find yourself nearby it is a ‘can’t’ miss activity. Beautiful mountain vistas, indescribable alpine lakes and the odd bear. Put it on the list!
Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way! – Dr. Seuss in Oh, The Places You’ll Go
One of my favourite things about looking towards the Black Tusk from a distance is the knowledge that I have been to the top. It’s an incredible feeling standing on top of that black spire looking out across the world. Although it’s not an incredibly hard ascent, it is a long hike that is steep at times. The final push is an exposed scramble up to the summit.
Without a doubt, it is worth the effort. So, get up and go, climb a mountain today, no matter how big.
It was eight years ago that I first saw the Black Tusk from Whistler Blackcomb.
“A lone peak or high point is a natural focal point in the landscape, something by which both travelers and locals orient themselves. In the continuum of landscape, mountains are discontinuity – culminating in high points, natural barriers, unearthly earth.” – Rebecca Solnit
It is still as impressive today as it was all those years ago. Standing at a little over 2300 metres above sea level it is a dominant feature in the British Columbia’s Coast Mountain Range. It can be viewed from several different angles including the Sea to Sky highway and both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
The peak stands out in the midst of a landscape that has countless breathtaking sights and scenes. Eyes can’t help but to be drawn towards this remnant of BC’s volcanic glory days many years ago.
Take a walk, go for a ride, head out for a drive, find somewhere dark and look up. You’ll see shimmering sparkling lights that are unimaginably far from us and our little planet. In between those lights is…well…nothing. Empty space. It’s an incredible feeling, a sometimes overwhelming feeling to look up at the night sky and to try and comprehend the vastness of it all.
We are incredibly lucky to be where we are in the universe. We are incredibly lucky to be on a planet that just happens to have an atmosphere to support life. We are incredibly lucky to be on a planet that is just the right distance from just the right kind of star to support life.
That’s why, for me, life is not a journey to some distant point in my future. Life shouldn’t be a train trip where the world passes by in a blurry fuzz of different shades of green. Each day is the adventure, each day is to be embraced.
Well, well, well, what have we here? Photographs taken out in the beauty of nature. Mostly Mountains is about embracing and appreciating the breathtaking planet we are so fortunate to live upon. So often we get caught up with the excuse of ‘busy’ and forget to take a moment or two to appreciate what we have. In a way that is what I am attempting to do. I’ll bring you a photo every day or two to begin the email. After the email I might write something, I might not, you can totally just look at the photo and disregard the rest.
I spend the majority of my time in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains on Canada’s west coast but from time to time I am lucky enough to get out and travel and check out other parts of the world. I try to visit other mountains as the mountains are what I live and breathe for however occasionally I will feature the beauty of flatter lands and even man made mountains (cityscapes and city life).
I am always learning and would love any feedback or suggestions so please don’t hesitate to send them forth.