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 Panorama Ridge (June 4, 2011)
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djun
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 Posted - 06/04/2011 :  9:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply to this posting
My friend and I went up to Panorama Ridge on June 4. We left the parking lot at 12:40am, and got to the top by 6:20am.

Elevation:


Route:


It was nice doing the switchbacks in the dark, as they just seem to go on forever, and this was a good change. However, as this was my first ever hike in the middle of the night, it was difficult and fatiguing to stay focused and awake, especially at the end. Snow was very firm and solid, and made for faster and easier travel.

Met ubishops at the peak with another hiker, as they had watched the sunrise! It was a spectacular day with perfect weather and conditions!

Taylor Meadows:


Approach and peak:

ubishops
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Whistler, BC
Canada

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 Posted - 06/04/2011 :  9:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It was pretty cool seeing you guys up there - glad you could make it :) It's a first all winter lol :) We left at midnight and got to the peak at about 4:15, a little too early so we stood around on the peak waiting for the sunrise. Although it was pretty cool to see how the sky changed color. Here are a few photos: ok need sleep - doing Elfin Gargoyles tomorrow morning early too.



Edited by - ubishops on 06/04/2011 9:44 PM
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Ryan.in.yaletown
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Van, BC
Canada

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 Posted - 06/04/2011 :  9:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What's with all the people doing that hike overnight? :P

Great job - it certainly is a unique experience.

-Ryan

mazeGirl
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chinese hot-pot gourmand, costco pirate, 103 hikes completin', picture postin', commander of our newest canadian trekkers

Vancouver, BC
Canada

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 Posted - 06/04/2011 :  10:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice TR and thanks for sharing! what's snow line there now?

rocker_man1
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Burnaby, BC
Canada

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 Posted - 06/04/2011 :  10:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sure is a tone of snow up there! Wish it would just start to melt! Where is the parking at this time? Is it still back down the road?

Great photos by the way! It still sure is beautiful up there!

Steventy
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 Posted - 06/04/2011 :  11:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rocker_man1

Sure is a tone of snow up there! Wish it would just start to melt! Where is the parking at this time? Is it still back down the road?

Great photos by the way! It still sure is beautiful up there!



Parking is now at the normal summer parking lot and there is no snow for the first few km of the trail. Slowly but surely it's melting. Before you know it, we'll all be waiting for the snow to come back.
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Wildman
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Trail blazin', backcountry bushwackin', pine huntin', photo takin', long winded story teller


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 Posted - 06/05/2011 :  9:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You sure like that place and I can see why, good one.

rocker_man1
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Burnaby, BC
Canada

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 Posted - 06/06/2011 :  9:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steventy

quote:
Originally posted by rocker_man1

Sure is a tone of snow up there! Wish it would just start to melt! Where is the parking at this time? Is it still back down the road?

Great photos by the way! It still sure is beautiful up there!



Parking is now at the normal summer parking lot and there is no snow for the first few km of the trail. Slowly but surely it's melting. Before you know it, we'll all be waiting for the snow to come back.



how is the snow up there right now? would some kind of boot aid be required for the hike such as micro spikes or something like that?

Steventy
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 Posted - 06/07/2011 :  9:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rocker_man1

quote:
Originally posted by Steventy

quote:
Originally posted by rocker_man1

Sure is a tone of snow up there! Wish it would just start to melt! Where is the parking at this time? Is it still back down the road?

Great photos by the way! It still sure is beautiful up there!



Parking is now at the normal summer parking lot and there is no snow for the first few km of the trail. Slowly but surely it's melting. Before you know it, we'll all be waiting for the snow to come back.



how is the snow up there right now? would some kind of boot aid be required for the hike such as micro spikes or something like that?



On May 29th, we made it to well past Taylor Meadows in boots without any spikes or YakTrax (starting in the middle of the night.) We then put on snowshoes because we were starting to fall through the crust. On the way down, we kept the snowshoes on until the end of the snow (although we probably didn't really need to.) The trail to the 6km junction is reasonably well used. I probably would have put YakTrax on for the trip up if ubishop wasn't moving as such a fast pace.



rocker_man1
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Burnaby, BC
Canada

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 Posted - 06/08/2011 :  07:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steventy

quote:
Originally posted by rocker_man1

quote:
Originally posted by Steventy

quote:
Originally posted by rocker_man1

Sure is a tone of snow up there! Wish it would just start to melt! Where is the parking at this time? Is it still back down the road?

Great photos by the way! It still sure is beautiful up there!



Parking is now at the normal summer parking lot and there is no snow for the first few km of the trail. Slowly but surely it's melting. Before you know it, we'll all be waiting for the snow to come back.



how is the snow up there right now? would some kind of boot aid be required for the hike such as micro spikes or something like that?



On May 29th, we made it to well past Taylor Meadows in boots without any spikes or YakTrax (starting in the middle of the night.) We then put on snowshoes because we were starting to fall through the crust. On the way down, we kept the snowshoes on until the end of the snow (although we probably didn't really need to.) The trail to the 6km junction is reasonably well used. I probably would have put YakTrax on for the trip up if ubishop wasn't moving as such a fast pace.







Thanks for the update!
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