hike to glacier gulch

If there’s anything that drives me as a photographer, it’s the desire to discover for myself and then share with others, the beauty that I find around me. Take my recent hike up the Glacier Gulch trail at the Twin Falls recreation site near my hometown of Smithers, BC.

I started out by photographing the left-most falls which show a bit of the slope that lays below the Kathlyn Glacier. There’s a palpable sense of grandeur when I consider that in a short while I can make my way through the forest path along the side of the mountain and find myself on the rocks and snow above the falls. I enjoy the challenging and varied terrain the path covers and find such peace and tranquility in the sights and sound that delight my senses.

Once I got through the treeline and started up on the scree, the challenge really began. Walking up on such loose rock is tricky at best. Carrying skis and boots on my backpack added more stress, and made me more aware of how carefully I needed to make each and every step. But as is often the case, I am motivated by the desire to achieve a goal. The goal this day was to get as high as I could so that I could make some more turns and add another day of skiing to my season.

While I didn’t get as high as I ultimately wanted, I was happy with where I ultimately ended up. It was nice to pause for a few moments to rest and soak in the view of the Bulkley Valley that now laid before me. Seeing the green and blue of the valley below provided a nice contrast to the brown and white of the snow-covered foreground in the gulch. I enjoy the peace and tranquility in moments like this very much. 

But the joy didn’t end there. After taking the skins off my skis, and switching my boots over from walk- to ski-mode, I was able to make a few turns down the snow-covered rocks. Mine, and another friend’s turns were still visible from a week prior, so it was fun to make my own.

The storm clouds over the valley provided a nice visual end to this, my 97th day on skis this season.

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