Took a gorgeous day-hike with my friend Kate up from the Cheakamus parking lot in Function to the Summit of Panorama Ridge.  A fairly mellow hike, we saw a lot of xc runners, hikers, and people just generally enjoying the Sunday sunshine.  I've gotten a lot more into hiking in the past year, mostly because it's the first year I haven't been slammed with trying to train, save money, and race World Cups full time.  I finally had a summer home, and, after staring at all the beautiful mountains that surround us in the Sea to Sky Corridor, I decided it was high time I climbed some of them. 

 Staring down my next hike: The Black Tusk has always been a goal of mine, and now that I have more time, I plan to get to the summit before the snow does.

Staring down my next hike: The Black Tusk has always been a goal of mine, and now that I have more time, I plan to get to the summit before the snow does.

The views at the top never disappoint.  Wedge was so incredibly beautiful last weekend with a fresh dusting of snow, and Panorama Ridge was a whole other kind of epic with its 360 degree views including the ever-turquoise Garibaldi lake and the Black Tusk.

 not a bad place for a cup of joe with an old friend :)

not a bad place for a cup of joe with an old friend :)

Once we reached the summit we found a nice flat spot to take in the view, brew some coffee, and plan/dream up future adventures.  Kate got a new camping stove so we (obviously) had to test it out (#soauthentic). It felt almost too cliche and trendy as we set up the stove, but after one sip of coffee, I couldn't have cared less.

 It was a bit of a scramble up/down from the ridge; not bad if you have two hands but my pal Kate is rocking a broken hand at the moment, which proved to be a little challenging in some of the more loose sections.  The Tusk scramble will have to wait.

It was a bit of a scramble up/down from the ridge; not bad if you have two hands but my pal Kate is rocking a broken hand at the moment, which proved to be a little challenging in some of the more loose sections.  The Tusk scramble will have to wait.

We goofed around at the top, stalling for as long as possible, wishing we had brought our camping gear.  We reluctantly headed back towards Cheakamus lake, and it was completely dark by the time we got to the truck. I blame it on the overly epic views and my constant need to take photos with my GoPro. 

 Our bums, because why would we face the camera when we can face that view?!

Our bums, because why would we face the camera when we can face that view?!

 The water levels around the two lakes at the base of the tusk were fairly low.  Moonscape trails led us back to the meadows; a sharp contrast to the vast turquoise waters of Garibaldi lake on the other side of the ridge.

The water levels around the two lakes at the base of the tusk were fairly low.  Moonscape trails led us back to the meadows; a sharp contrast to the vast turquoise waters of Garibaldi lake on the other side of the ridge.

 I've known Kate since I was 15; she's like a sister to me. Tip: If you're going to spend an entire day hiking with someone, make sure it's someone you're never going to get sick of!! Especially at the end of the day when you're both sore, tired, and hungry, it's good to have a solid adventure buddy :)

I've known Kate since I was 15; she's like a sister to me. Tip: If you're going to spend an entire day hiking with someone, make sure it's someone you're never going to get sick of!! Especially at the end of the day when you're both sore, tired, and hungry, it's good to have a solid adventure buddy :)

We hit the grocery store hard on our way home and cooked some good old fashioned steak and potatoes. The remainder of our evening was spend weeding through umpteen failed time-lapses, laughing hysterically at how un-photogenic we are, and drinking tea. All in all it was an absolutely amazing day, and I can't wait for the next one!

Stay Rowdy.
xo

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