Over the last 3 days, I embarked on a 40 km hike and paddle board adventure to reach Sphinx Bay and stay at the Burton Hut. Loaded up with my paddleboard, camping gear and photo equipment I set off on the 9 km hike to Garibaldi Lake followed by the 7 km paddle to Sphinx Bay.
I will take you through my journey and showcase the beauty of Garibaldi Lake through my lens. This journey was a real adventure! Starting from the Rubble Creek trailhead, the hike to the lake was strenuous, barring the weight of a fully loaded pack 65 lb pack. Arriving at the stunning shores of Garibaldi Lake was a welcome site where I could take the weight off, pump up my board and head out onto the glacial waters.
The journey to Sphinx Bay was a serene crossing taking the views of some of Garibaldi’s iconic peaks and glaciers giving the sense of how small we can feel immersed in such an immense and beautiful landscape. I always find spending time in the park as such a powerful experience.
As I arrived at the Burton Hut, I quickly set up my sleeping essentials and light up my Jetboil to make a mountain coffee. That evening I enjoyed a curry and couscous and took in the sunset reflecting upon an amazing first day in the mountains.
On day two, I had my oatmeal and set out on the board towards Sentinel Bay with the goal of finding the abandoned Glaciology Cabins I had passed on a previous trip ski touring across the Neve Traverse. The paddle took my past waterfalls and beautiful views of Mount Garibaldi and Table Mountain. Hiking up to the huts, I found a view that captured the grandeur of the mountains with one of the cabins and using my intervalometer captured myself within the landscape. That evening brought a beautiful sunset and a much-needed sleep in the comfort of the cabin.
On day three the morning was spent exploring the lagoon behind the cabin before packing up and making the long journey back into the valley. Today would mark the first day of largest heat wave I’ve ever experienced in Whistler with temperatures reaching 44 degrees Celsius.
My adventure to the Burton Hut was one for the books. It was a unique and unforgettable experience, and the beauty of the surrounding nature really made it feel like a privilege to explore. I was able to combine my love of photography with my love of nature, and the result was a beautiful print that captured the essence of the area. The paddle board journey, the hiking, and the serenity of the surrounding area all combine to make an unforgettable experience.
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Not only does the limited-edition fine art print capture the wilderness of Garibaldi Provincial Park, but the entire journey was also documented in a YouTube video. The video takes you through the hike and paddleboarding adventure, showcasing the stunning scenery and giving you an immersive experience of being there in person. The video is perfect for those who want to head out on a grand adventure from the comfort of their own homes.