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.
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.
Looking toward the Helm Valley and the mountains around Whistler.
With the Supermoon to my left and the setting sun to my right, it stayed light well into the 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.
A couple of hours later, signs of the rising sun beyond Whistler.
Early rays touching the peak of Mount Garibaldi.
What’s that in the sky? Yes, it’s the Supermoon above the Tantalus Mountain Range.
Good morning to the Black Tusk…
the Helm Valley and Whistler.
Early reflection on Garibaldi Lake.
The rising sun over Gentian Ridge.
After a cooler night than I had expected, I was grateful for the sun and a little warmth.
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.
The reflection on the still waters of Garibaldi Lake was becoming more pronounced.
Beyond the Black Tusk to the Tantalus Mountains.
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.
One last look at the Black Tusk before starting my descent. Love the vibrant morning colours on and around the Black Tusk.
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.
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.
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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