Photographer's Note

A couple of days ago we decided to go on a 30 Km hike, starting at 630 in the morning, and we finished at 530 in the evening.

It was a long long day, and my body is still aching and sore, even laying in bed my legs are screaming!

We hiked Black Tusk. Black Tusk in an extinct volcano, now surrounded by glaciers and glacier lakes.

What makes Black Tusk one of the most difficult hikes, is the fact that the last 3 km, which is almost vertical, is completely on Shale.

Whats the big deal you ask? Well, if you look at this posted photo you can see the shale in the lower foreground. It continues all the way up and down this peak, and when you take 1 step forward, you actually fall 2 steps backward because you slide back!

Very frustrating! Its the most difficult hike I've ever done to reach the peak. Shale hiking is dangerous too. With people above you, the shale falls down the slope and it falls fast and hard like missiles! We got hit a few times, my girlfriend Tosca has a welt on her leg already from falling shale. And you'll often see people hiking this last 3Km with helmets! Its actually a smart idea.

I've added 2 WS photos. One with Tosca in red showing the steep incline, and one with me near the top. As you can see i'm not smiling in the photo, i'm too tired and exhausted! haha

If you want a serious challenge, the Black Tusk hike is a 30 Km trek located between Squamish and Whistler, about 1.5 hours outside of Vancouver.

thanks for looking

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