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Helen On Boardwalk
Every time I go to Whistler, it's colder than I'm expecting.  Last year, I took a run at the Musical Bumps - a chain of peaks stretching out behind whistler - only to be thwarted by a large snowpack blocking the trail.  This year, I waited until late in the season - too late it turns out - the Saturday night BBQ's that keep the Gondola open to 8pm had finished the week before.  No worries - we would just go out to one of the closer peaks, catch the view and come back - a nice short day.



The first surprise about being up in the meadows is that it really is high up - you get winded easier that you would think and the km don't pass by as soon as you would think.

View Coming Into Valley

The second surprise is this really isn't a ridge walk - you are going over each ridge and walking into valleys.  The full length (walking over all of the musical bumps) actually has considerable vertical.

Wet Spot In Meadow

The Flute Summit has one last push and when you arrive on top you are exposed to the wind full force.  The view is striking - you get a clear view of Black Tusk as well as Cheakamus Lake below.  The wind rips right through you - we found some cover to have lunch in, but we were cold by the time we got up to go.

Hikers Walking To The Top Black TuskHelen And I On A Mountain

View Over Lake

Entrance To Garibaldi
  From here you are leaving Whistler proper and going into Garibaldi.  We saw a hiking party (8 people) head into the park proper, probably aiming for the hut at Russet Lake. 


Whistler GunHelen Standing On Snow
From here we headed up Whistler mountain so we didn't return the same route we came up.  You enter the dead zone before you meet the service roads.  Slacker hikers (taking the peak chair up) walk by wraped in blankets provided to cover their lack of prepartion.

View From Little Whistler





Entrance To Garibaldi
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Hikers Walking To The Top
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Helen Standing On Snow
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Whistler Gun
View From Little Whistler
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View Coming Into Valley
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Helen And I On A Mountain
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Helen On Boardwalk
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View Over Lake
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Wet Spot In Meadow
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Black Tusk
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