It’s January in Squamish and the freezing level is above 2,000 meters. For some, this presents the opportunity to get out and do some mid-winter climbing, head up to Whistler to ski slush covered, icy moguls, or lay out in the sun and work on your sunburn. For me, it is a time to enjoy the local area without the company of my rain jacket.
This past Saturday, three friends and I decided to explore some of the local area as well as capture some footage for Cole’s Keystone project.
Our adventure began with a water crossing. We had three kayaks, two paddles, a cam strap and four people. This resulted in Martin towing Bella across and then paddling back to get me.
After a successful stream crossing, accompanied by two sea otters, we began hiking up to the waterfalls.
It was the perfect day for filming. The sun was out and the lighting was spectacular.
It was hard to focus on filming because we were all so excited and mystified by this magical place.
Bella is standing above a bowl carved out by the water (Above). At this particular water level, the water spins around before splashing out the other side.
Deep, clear pools made for inviting swimming holes.
Many of the waterfalls were choked with wood.
Below is a picture of my favorite waterfall. The water flows through a hole in the rock.
Cole, completely dedicated to capturing the shot, gets close to the edge.
There is a huge range in the size of the falls. In many places, we could see smooth spillways where other waterfalls form when there is more water coming down after big rain storms.
It’s hard to tell the magnitude of the falls when peering down from above.
At the top, we relaxed on a bed of comfortable moss and enjoyed the breathtaking views of Sky Pilot.
On the way back down, Cole went swimming.
We arrived back at the kayaks late in the afternoon, tired and happy after a successful day of filming and enjoying some of the local waterfalls.
On the paddle back to the car, we were joined by four more sea otters. Floating in the shadow of Garibaldi with the roar of the waterfalls in the background, I was again reminded of how fortunate I am to live and study in such an amazing place!