A couple of days ago we decided to go on a 30 Km hike, starting at 630 in the morning, and we finished at 530 in the evening.
It was a long long day, and my body is still aching and sore, even laying in bed my legs are screaming!
We hiked Black Tusk. Black Tusk in an extinct volcano, now surrounded by glaciers and glacier lakes.
What makes Black Tusk one of the most difficult hikes, is the fact that the last 3 km, which is almost vertical, is completely on Shale.
Whats the big deal you ask? Well, if you look at this posted photo you can see the shale in the lower foreground. It continues all the way up and down this peak, and when you take 1 step forward, you actually fall 2 steps backward because you slide back!
Very frustrating! Its the most difficult hike I've ever done to reach the peak. Shale hiking is dangerous too. With people above you, the shale falls down the slope and it falls fast and hard like missiles! We got hit a few times, my girlfriend Tosca has a welt on her leg already from falling shale. And you'll often see people hiking this last 3Km with helmets! Its actually a smart idea.
I've added 2 WS photos. One with Tosca in red showing the steep incline, and one with me near the top. As you can see i'm not smiling in the photo, i'm too tired and exhausted! haha
If you want a serious challenge, the Black Tusk hike is a 30 Km trek located between Squamish and Whistler, about 1.5 hours outside of Vancouver.
thanks for looking
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jemaflor (74340) 2013-09-15 8:52
Beautiful landscape well composed, I like the Fg in the corner with these stones, so nice contrast between ice and dark mountains.
subhendu_bagchi (21364) 2013-09-15 9:13
a nice mountainscape here. Surely a nice place for hiking. Great view, captured with perfect light and very good colour contrast. Enjoyed it a lot without creating an ache in legs. Ha-ha... Thanks for sharing it.
gojo (1553) 2013-09-15 9:17
But You came home with a great photo ( more I am ure).
The two white spots in th fg are really adding to the overall impression.
worldcitizen (5687) 2013-09-15 9:19
Yes, you're crazy! ;-)
Hello there Craig, great landscape in these photos. I really like the WS views, since you and Tosca look very dramatic surrounded by the volcano and glaciers. In the main photo, I like the glimpse of aqua-colored water in the center. The view is amazing...
yquem46 (35636) 2013-09-15 9:37
Looks like it was well worth getting exhausted
A very good mountain scape picture with nice blue/black color contrasts
have a nice sunday
tyro (15817) 2013-09-15 9:46
You have given us a wonderful trio of photographs from the long and gruelling hike which Tosca and yourself undertook just two days ago! And thanks for including a fine map too - unfortunately Google's little yellow man has not ventured to this place - too much for him, I guess!
Gee, man, you two must be really fit - and I can understand why you don't like wearing sandals or flip-flops - certainly not the sort of footwear for this dreadfully rugged terrain!
As usual, your three pictures are stunningly clear and sharp with good composition and wonderful light and colours. I think my favourite must be your workshop picture including Tosca - her bright red clothing really stands out and "holds" the whole composition together wonderfully!
PaulVDV (17485) 2013-09-15 10:32
No, not crazy. You just have a large appetite for more adventurous trips.
The three pictures show fantastic landscapes with snowcapped peaks and blue lakes contrasting strongly with the dark mountain slopes. And this all under a beautiful blue sky.
My preference goes out to the altered image #1.
Best regards, Paul
Nicou (106237) 2013-09-15 10:40
superbe vue et image quel captage avec les montagnes en fond et ces pentes noires avec le reste de neige quel ensemble et vue.
Bravo et amitié
olive224 (2665) 2013-09-15 12:00
Great capture with those deep black tones and the blues of the lakes and sky
Great job !!
limielski (2573) 2013-09-15 13:32
I'm crazy, too. This hiking is for me :-). Congratulations for you and for Tosca.
Sometimes I go to Tatra Mountains in WInter. Last time, I and my friend reached the peak of a mountain going step by step (only about 2000m). It was very hard (not as your hike) but because it was during Winter we had to use crampons. One day earlier in the same place two people were killed in the an avalanche, so we were sure that such situation would't happen again. We were tired but happy. :-)
You must go to Poland for hiking in the beautiful polish Tatra Mountains :-).
Your shot shows dangerous mountains.One friend of mine fell down from such slope ( gravel is treacherous ) but everything was OK with him.
I have seen the WS . Indeed the incline is significant!
Have a nice evening/day
Kugart (1776) 2013-09-15 14:50
You will probably feel the benefit of your hike in a couple of days time but we get the benefit from your exertions now on TE . Spectacular clear crisp shot of the mountain range. First class.
thebest (4122) 2013-09-15 22:00
Yes your crazy - talk to Gus he did a similar hike [on his own] in Argentina - he certainly had every reason not to do it i.e.; unfit - age - high blood pressure... anyway he is still here to tell his story - I nursed him back to health for a couple of days...lol!!!
As for you - young - fit - & adventurous... glad you achieved your feat.
I did a little bit of shale climbing & it is so dangerous I didn't know whether to laugh or cry... GREAT PHOTO Craig... WELL DONE!!!
jjcordier (67562) 2013-09-15 23:35
Un bel exploit sportif bien récompensé par cette vue magnifique. J'aime aussi la photo , assez impressionnante, avec Tosca.
bukitgolfb301 (32746) 2013-09-16 0:14
Hi dear Craig
This time is a little different style and theme from your daily postings but top quality remains unchanged.
Grest viw of stunnning contarst of snow and rocks.
So well carculated framework and the best color touch as usual.
Thanks a lot and have a good day! TAKERO
ikeharel (44321) 2013-09-16 1:39
To answer your puzzleed Q, as in the title, Craig: No, you simply do whatever we all want to do, and from the WS pic. you look content.
Marvelous highland's scenery, contrast of the black volcanic-soil to white snow is awesome.
krzychu30 (12859) 2013-09-16 2:47
the view I appreciate even more after reading your note.30km on foot-I´m exhausted when I have to go so far by bus:)haha,so was it good answer to your question?:)just a joke,but seriously-I think such views make up for so long hike,even if you´re suffering now.
And the landscape is truly delightful!I like its austerity-looks quite hostile,but still beautiful.
And the combination of colors couldn´t be more captivating to create so magnificent visual effect.
PS.were you two the only persons on the trail?
It looks like a difficult trail for experienced hikers.
Get well soon after the hardships of the hike
snunney (73032) 2013-09-16 2:49
If you ask me you are mad, but then again I abhor any physical exercise! Each to his own. Anyway, this is a great capture of this grandiose mountain landscape. The low point of view gives the image great depth. Well exposed with very good colours and sharpness.
Royaldevon (21661) 2013-09-16 12:34
Well, they do say 'No pain, no gain!'
I guess the pain must have been intense when you access the gain!
The view is quite amazing, almost other-worldly!
The textural contrasts in the f/g are well captured and you have been able to give a great sense of distance to the tarn and the peaks beyond.
I really appreciate the w/s which not only add the scale but also the human achievement.
My warm regards,
Gigidusud (10408) 2013-09-16 14:11
What an adventure!But the show is striking, these peaks are superb. Nice the WS too. Bravo for the courage!
gervaso (9247) 2013-09-16 16:05
I also like hikes like that, although I've never done it with snow! But it's really worth with the view you show us in this picture! Very good colors and depth! Wonderful landscape and composition!
jcpix (6790) 2013-09-16 19:50
Crazy...nope, not at all! What you are though, is in a lot better shape than myself. Holy crap...30km, 11 hours...I give it up to my friend, that's impressive...especially hiking over shale! I've had a taste of it before, and you're right...it's no easy task. I'd have spaghetti legs not more than 1km into this kind of hike...sheesh, I break a sweat just making my way to the refrigerator any more!? It's no wonder you didn't seem all too pleased in your WS photo. :) Great additions by the way, they really give a strong idea of the scale and scope of your trek.
Had to have been worth it though, I mean, wow...what a view! I've been in the desert too long, I still can't wrap my mind around snow this time of year, even knowing and understanding the elevation. Solid compo here, it leads the eye right into and through the layers and angles of all the elements in play. The tiny turquoise lake is the perfect little feature that feels to anchor the entire arrangement. Beauty landscape and detailed execution giving us that sense of what it's really like. Glad you made it up and back safely! Take care.
Indrasish (2355) 2013-09-17 7:23
Wonderful shot.. I like the excellent composition.. Foreground and background are awesome.. You can see like this type of view in Leh, India.. The water colors of the lake in Bg is very attractive.. Nice colors and superb image quality too.. Very well done.. And thanks as ever for your interesting note..
Good night and best wishes from Kolkata, India..
eldancer1 (20918) 2013-09-17 7:39
You are very brave and persistent young man, I don't think I can go on a hike for that long but your persistence paid off with awesome photograph of the landscape! The view is breathtaking! Nicely captured with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
mkamionka (27187) 2013-09-18 8:10
Breath taking view! It must have been a great day out. I did plenty of hiking in the past especially when I lived near Munich I was frequently in the Alps. It was however the time when I did not take photos so I really regret it now. Since this time I am in much worse condition so I am afraid I would be not able to get to the top. Last time I did a longer hike was in Chile and I was dying already on the way back. But then again the promise of extraordinary views got me on my feet next day again.
What I am trying to say is that I appreciate all the views from such difficult to reach places so that I can admire them without taking all the hike by myself.
I like very much the black volcanic landscape it looks otherworldly -and that is what I like in traveling most. I see there is a green lake down there as well. beautiful view, excellent work.
Do you have ND grad filter? I thing this could enhance this photo very much! I may be wrong though.
Thanks for sharing this amazing place. I like your personal shots in WS as well they let us better feel the space.
PS Tusk is actually the family name of current Polish prime minister :)
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2013-09-18 8:33
Wow!! beautiful scene...
nice colours..great sharpness..
lovely mountains with snow.....
perfect light management & contrast..
ManuMay (34009) 2013-09-21 1:33
It really worth it!!
A wonderful view and great space and dimmensions sensation. It is very nice to do those hiking trips even if you are for some days walking like a zombie!!!
Very beautiful colours, I thank you too for such goos WS!!
Have a nice day...
SnapRJW (23982) 2013-09-21 2:15
Wow Craig - I am impressed, not only by your photographs of this stunning landscape but also by your fortitude in hiking through it! I love the endless barrenness of the location with just a few determined trees peppering the lower slopes. The palette of greys punctuated by the pockets of snow and ice is, to my eyes, very attractive and the cool blues of sky and glacial lakes are softly rendered and natural looking. My compliments; your landscapes are coming on a treat! Warm regards rosemary
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (45832)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-13
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-15 8:48