Welcome to my blog. I hike and camp in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada, and I am a professional musician.
Feel free to say hi and have a look around. There's lots of posts about my hikes and various movies from these adventures.
Thanks for coming by, Pete

Saturday, May 18, 2013

BEYOND THE WEBB

 

 

A new mountain video  you can watch. 

click 'My Utube ' box above.

 

A week of great fall weather and some time up on the peaks really got me going on this triple-peak adventure. The trail starts by crossing the Chilliwack river and heads on up. After a while you cross a cable suspension bridge. The first day usually feels a bit slow with a heavy pack as I get into hiking mode. One thing I really like about these longer trips is that after  few days I adjust to all the climbing ,camping and cooking routines. Everything seems so much easier when it is dry. This trip was nice and dry, to a point where I picked up my rain gear and for a moment actually contemplating the need for this weight in my pack. I only had to think back to all the cold, wet trips over the years to remember why.
The hikes I like to do involve gaining altitude, camping at higher lakes, then heading out on day trips from there. Exploring the ridges and peaks.
Route finding is a handy skill to have off-trail as you have to anticipate the lay of the land to find the best way. Often I will look for a game trail to get through the really nasty lower valley vegetation. As usual I enjoy checking out all the cool plants through the climate zones. Although I push along when I'm climbing it is worth it to stop and check out the sights.Patches of snow remain from last winter even though it is so hot during the day . This gulley is an example of the kind of challenges I find while I scramble up to the peak.
Above the tree line the sky opens up for great sunsets and star-gazing. When you fold back the fly on my little tent you get good view on those warm nights. When the weather changes, places like this can get blasted by wind and might even get a sting of lightning. Situations I try to avoid. You can see my trusty bear spray, always handy. The bear in this area is mostly interested in the berries on a slope across the valley. One day I came upon a patch of wild Lupines as I heard the Marmots whistling to each other. It seemed like they were commenting on my presence.

 


The music comes from a composition that I wrote as an exercise for my drum student in which I used different time signatures.At first it was intended to become several songs but I liked how they fit together. After I did the first tracks of drums, piano and rhythm guitar I decided to add a few more instruments for fun. Enjoy the video 'Beyond the Webb'.
 








Monday, June 25, 2012

Early summer 2012

  I'm really happy to announce 'RidgewalkerPete volume #1 DVD'  is now available for sale through this site. It has been a lot of fun learning how to compose the video as well as the music....not to mention overcoming the challenges dealing with this pesky computer.  I will continue trying to give you a taste of how beautiful these places are as I work on volume #2.



   
These early days of summer find me composing and recording music for  a couple of videos that I filmed last fall. One  is from a hike up Webb mountain where I enjoyed fantastic weather on a the high ridges.  This photo on Mt. Macdonald captures one of those moments where it was difficult to pretend to relax when I was really thinking about camera settings, the timer and scrambling back safely. Everything seems so much easier when it is dry and warm. I am always equally prepared to deal with this situation.






   During the winter I decided to finish the full version of 'At Sea Level'. The short version was an editing experiment which I like very much but there was more to show.   The video 'At Sea Level [the directors cut]' is the result. 

You music people may enjoy the A minor to F  swells mimicking the ocean and the time signature shifts between 5/4 and 6/8 time. The bass guitar track took a lot of concentration to nail down.

 Thanks for looking everyone and stay tuned for 'RidgewalkerPete volume #2.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mid-summer surprise


Great view. No sleep walking
This hike to Tricouni peak was a bit different than I expected for the end of July .Due to the cool spring there is still a lot of snow in the high country. Even the high lakes were still frozen.The mosquitoes and black flies were still on duty during the warmer part of the day. I could walk right on top of the snow although if it got really hot for a few days I knew this could change and I was without snowshoes. There was a high avalanche danger so I just made shorter trips from my base camp on that scenic, rocky cliff. I saw and heard a few thundering avalanches from the high,steep slopes as well as a couple of thunder storms during the days. Not my usual summer trip.
    Although it was still warm and summer down the mountain,I stayed at this altitude exploring the old forest and enjoying the view. One day as I was getting into my tent during a rainy session the water bottle slid off the edge of this 30 meter cliff into the dark. I listened carefully for hints where it landed or bounced but heard nothing.This began my challenge over the next 2 days to figure out where the heck this thing had landed. Finally I found it upside down in a crack on a ledge about 3 meters below the tent. It had spiraled right in like a football. It was useful to have because I was using a lot of fuel to melt snow whereas with the bottle I could carry water from the melted runoff below.      
     This trip started with a climb up high falls canyon where there are a few fixed chains and ropes. A thick cover of moss coats the lower forest floor, soaking up moisture in the air below this dark canopy. A thin cover of moss and lichens cling to the dryer rocks on the benches as you quickly climb up through the climate zones in this steep canyon .Above the waterfalls you meet  a logging road which climbs astonishingly high, almost up to the alpine. This is where the late snow began. During that brief period when these peaks are dry and warm is truly a great time to get up there and take in the views.....maybe in the fall.