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

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.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mysterious Creek Art

During a walk in a local park I came upon this interesting and somewhat distressing pattern of what appeared to be soap froth. It looked to me very much like the  white swirls a Barista would use to decorate a fancy cup of coffee. The creek was slowly pouring over a log creating this delicate pattern. As I walked I started to think about some of the species introduced here that have really flourished.

                                   Invasive species here to stay?
  It has been interesting to see how invasive species, when left unchecked have altered this park. Purple Loosestrife soaking up the swamp, English ivy climbing ,spreading over and eventually killing some trees. Himalayan blackberry eagerly spread their prickly limbs to soak up the light in any open areas. These are just a few of the really noticeable additions. At the pond Red-Eared Slider turtles have displaced the local turtles . They are native to the southern United States, central America and Brazil and live 20 to 40 years. These turtles are sold through pet stores and when the owners tire of them or need to dispose of them the Red-eared Slider turtles are released in local ponds with good intentions but disastrous results. One day in the fall of  I counted 14 these turtles in a row on a big log.  During a stroll I watched a female looking for a spot to dig a nest UNDER a patch of blackberries so I left her alone. Those blackberries are the tastiest of pests.

Another recent addition is the American Bullfrog. They are big and hungry. I managed to get close for this photo but it is hard to judge the size. They were being raised  in the southern United States for the meat in their legs. After a few of these wily rascals escaped they have spread north through creeks and wetlands dislodging  native species. These critters have a really loud croak. Do people have them for pets?Let's all think before we ditch feather, fur, shell, fin and leaf......and whatever I missed.   

Monday, April 4, 2011

Is this a spotted owl?