Cypress Mountain

Hollyburn Snowshoeing 2008

Blue Hollyburn

Karen and I went up to Hollyburn Mountain in Cypress Bowl to snowshoe on the free trail with the hiking club this past Sunday. This time, instead of taking with me the old Olympus, and instead of limited visibility, we took along the DSLR, wrapped it up in the protective tarp that came with the carrying case, and set out to clear views of British Columbia's Lower Mainland. At the top of the cross-country ski run, just before the steep parts of the mountain, while fumbling with the camera to get a good close-up of the cute little birdies, one of said cute little birdies snatched the remains of my turkey and cheese sandwich. Other adventures on Sunday included falling and slipping down the mountain face not once but twice, then on the time I intended to slide on my butt, hurtling down at 12 km/hour (if my GPS logger is to be believed), an orange marker pole came out of nowhere and bit me on the face. I subdued it, but there was some bleeding.

Somehow I managed to take the above masterpiece, which Sameer generously described in the comments of the photo on Flickr as <q cite="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sillygwailo/2217447823/#comment72157603789240792>like something out of a fairy tale. This one gets the large and above-the-text treatment, unlike my usual adorned-inline-with-the-text job. There's no advice I can give about how to duplicate it, other take three shots, fiddle with the settings between each shot, and keep the best one. As with last time, I took along the GPS logger and got the locations of the January 20th photos mapped [January 5th trip map]. Earlier today I also added all my geotagged photos into one set, itself having a map.

After this and the previous trip, we've decided that we have had our fill of Hollyburn, and are turning our sights to Mount Seymour. Count me out if it rains, but the trip I took there before exposed me to some pretty intense snowboarder dudes (the ones who carry shovels with them as they go down what look to this untrained eye as 90 degree inclines) and lots of slope variation. This weekend I'm going with some work friends, so this will be a different—which is to say familiar—crowd, since the hiking group is almost always comprised of strangers. I'm bringing the good camera, weather permitting.

Cypress Mountain

See my blog post, Hollyburn Snowshoeing 2008.

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Submitted by Derek K. Miller (1969-2011) on Thu 2008-01-24 21:42 #

Photos like these almost make me weep. Check out this view of Bowen Island from a similar vantage point the next day.

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Submitted by Stewart Marshall (RightAntler) on Thu 2008-01-24 21:52 #

Nice shot!

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Submitted by sillygwailo on Thu 2008-01-24 21:54 #

Unlike a couple weeks before, we couldn't see a damn thing. On this day, like my trip up a year earlier, I could see most of the Lower Mainland. Makes that last steep bit (which I lost my grip on and slid down twice before taking this photo) worth it.

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Submitted by leftantler on Fri 2008-01-25 09:13 #

gorgeous - the trees look like they've been sprayed with foam! the Hollybirdie story is funny too (unless it left you ravenously hungry of course ;-)

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Submitted by sillygwailo on Fri 2008-01-25 10:23 #

Thanks Jess! I had plenty of food after the sammich caper, and the piece the bird stole was small. Still, clever little thing, getting me all excited to take its picture then swooping in for the the meal.

Submitted by deleted on Fri 2008-01-25 11:00 #

Fantastic shot.

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Submitted by sillygwailo on Fri 2008-01-25 11:02 #

Thanks Todd!

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Submitted by colin_brumelle on Sun 2008-01-27 15:26 #

Wow! Wish I was there...

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Submitted by sillygwailo on Sun 2008-01-27 18:10 #

I think it's safe to say it's been a good snow season this year. Just came back from snowshoeing on Seymour and the weather was pretty good (not absolutely perfect, but still lots of people on the hill). If I ever get my skiing legs back, I'll definitely try Cypress.

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Submitted by sillygwailo on Tue 2008-04-01 08:33 #

Rebecca Bollwitt used this photo to adorn a post about Vancouver's North Shore mountains.

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Hollyburn Snowshoeing

View From the Base of Hollyburn Mountain

After hearing about it from the Hiking Club mailing list, I went snowshoeing up Hollyburn Mountain this Saturday and took some photos. This was my second time snowshoeing, the first time being with fellow attendees of the OSCMS summit in February. The hike up Hollyburn was a little more difficult than I imagined it to be, but it was a great workout outdoors in the sun, and got to meet some interesting people. The snow was really powdery, which made it slower going down the mountain than if it were icier, but there was plenty of opportunity to slide down on my butt, to the amusement of onlookers.

It's probably going to be the last snowshoe trip of the season, but it's definitely something I'll look forward to doing next season, and will be on the lookout for interesting hikes to go on during the spring and summer. But first I'll probably need some hiking shoes.