Photographer's Note

This shot was taken from the Black Tusk Viewpoint. I've used 17 photos to stitch them together with Panorama factory.

The Black Tusk is a remarkably abrupt pinnacle of volcanic rock located in Garibaldi Provincial Park. At 2319 metres above sea level, the upper spire is visible from the top center side of this photo. Distinctive and immediately identifiable, the Black Tusk is probably the best known mountain in the Garibaldi Ranges of the Coast Mountains.

The Black Tusk is considered to be the remnant of a stratovolcano.According to Natural Resources Canada, the Black Tusk was "perhaps the conduit for lava within a cinder-rich volcano. The loose cinder has eroded, leaving only the hard lava core." The exposed lava rock of the core is loose and friable. It is also black, giving the mountain its name and character.

The upper summit area at the top of the lava column can only be reached by scrambling up a short but exposed rock chimney. Nevertheless, the Black Tusk's lower summit area is an extremely popular backcountry hiking destination. Most hikers approach from the Taylor Meadows camping area. Close to the highest edge of the upper summit area is an isolated and intimidating rock formation known as the "Bishop's Mitre", which is rumoured to be unclimbed.

The Black Tusk was sacred to the indigenous native peoples of the area. It was known to them as the "Seat of Thunder", home of the legendary Thunderbird. The rock was said to have been burnt black by the Thunderbird's lightning.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: David YS Chan (YSC) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 50] (433)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-07-24
  • Categories: Nature
  • Camera: HP 715
  • Details: Tripod: Yes
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-02-04 19:55
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