Under A Supermoon, Garibaldi Park at Sunrise

November 6, 2014 — Leave a comment

Every once in a while, I feel the need to do something out of my comfort range. While for some, staying overnight on top of a mountain without a tent or sleeping bag is no big deal, for me, it was something I had experienced only one other time in my life. That was an unplanned, and rather uncomfortable incident, but I survived. However, this time, I was prepared and ready for an amazing night on Panorama Ridge.

I sat on the large rock overlooking Garibaldi Lake well into the morning. I had a group of four campers bundled in their sleeping bags nearby so I no longer felt nervous that I’d be disturbed in the middle of the night by a hiking Grizzly Bear, a giant flesh-eating Marmot, or aliens from a planet without beautiful mountains. I observed the peaceful night until tiredness and a chill set in. Although I thought I had been prepared, the cool breeze persisted through the night and reminded me that I was one layer short of clothing.

I left my last post Under A Supermoon, Garibaldi Park at Sunset, after an unforgettable sunset in Garibaldi Provincial Park, between Squamish and Whistler, Canada. I was excited as the full moon rose over the ridge between Mount Carr and The Sphinx.

full moon Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge


Looking toward the Black Tusk and the Tantalus Mountains, well after the full moon rose. I was surprised how late the orange-tinged skies stayed to the west.

Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge black tusk sunset


 Looking toward the Helm Valley and the mountains around Whistler.

Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge Tantalus mountains sunset


With the Supermoon to my left and the setting sun to my right, it stayed light well into the night.

Garibaldi Lake Panorama Ridge night


So peaceful but a little eerie during my 3 AM hike along Panorama Ridge without a headlamp. It was in the col between the two bumps of Panorama Ridge where I would find shelter from the wind and get a little sleep.

Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge cairn night


 A couple of hours later, signs of the rising sun beyond Whistler.

Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge whistler sunrise



Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge gentian sunrise


 Early rays touching the peak of Mount Garibaldi.

Garibaldi Park lake Panorama Ridge sunrise


What’s that in the sky? Yes, it’s the Supermoon above the Tantalus Mountain Range.

Supermoon sunrise Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge


 Good morning to the Black Tusk…

Super moon sunrise Garibaldi Park black tusk


 the Helm Valley and Whistler.

Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge Helm valley sunrise


 Early reflection on Garibaldi Lake.

Garibaldi Lake Park sunrise


 The rising sun over Gentian Ridge.

Garibaldi Park Panorama Gentian Ridge sunrise



Supermoon sunrise Garibaldi Lake


After a cooler night than I had expected, I was grateful for the sun and a little warmth.

Sunrise Garibaldi gentian ridge


 It’s going to be another clear Summer’s day in the mountains! Speaking of clear Summer’s days, if you haven’t seen it yet, please read my post, Views From Panorama Ridge On A Clear Summer’s Day.

Garibaldi Lake Canada sunrise



Gentian ridge sunrise Garibaldi park


 The reflection on the still waters of Garibaldi Lake was becoming more pronounced.

sunrise and reflection Garibaldi Lake



sunrise Garibaldi panorama ridge



sunrise supermoon garibaldi lake tantalus mountains


Beyond the Black Tusk to the Tantalus Mountains.

Garibaldi Park Panorama black tusk tantalus sunrise



Garibaldi lake reflection sunrise



Beautiful! 🙂

I had considered rushing down to Garibaldi Lake to capture the reflection, but decided to spend a little more time on Panorama Ridge and in Black Tusk Meadows. If you haven’t seen it, please look at my post A Day of Minor Reflections, Garibaldi Lake.

reflection garibaldi lake sunrise


One last look at the Black Tusk before starting my descent. Love the vibrant morning colours on and around the Black Tusk.

Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge black tusk morning


Although I’ve been to this spot many times, it had always been around midday or late in the afternoon. Looking toward Black Tusk Lake, Mimulus Lake, and the Tantalus Mountains.

Garibaldi Park black tusk mimulus lake


If you’re lucky on your way down the mountain, you’ll be greeted by one of these cute, furry guys. This is the Hoary Marmot of Garibaldi Park.

Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge marmot


While I had hiked to Panorama Ridge many times, staying under the stars and the Supermoon was a whole new experience. As I mentioned, I was actually surprised how much light there was in the middle of the night. The quiet and solitude was what I needed — a peaceful night that I’ll never forget!

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


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