Backpacking the Howe Sound Crest Trail

 Fallen Giant OM-D ISO200 9mm f/4 1/2000

Fallen Giant OM-D ISO200 9mm f/4 1/2000

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OM-D ISO200 25mm f/1.6 1/4000

There’s a superb trail that goes from Cypress Bowl in West Vancouver to Porteau Cove. It isn’t exactly a deep wilderness trail. In this case, you make a trade: distance from civilization for amazing panoramic views of Howe Sound at a mile above sea level. Water can be an issue simply because you’re above most sources, but there are a handful of useful places where you can fill up. For my wife and I, it was the last backpacking trip of the summer back in August. We slept in hammocks under the stars and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

It’s locations like this in British Columbia that make 8 months of rain every year worth every moment of it. And being able to hike 30 miles with a nice compact camera, like the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and three lenses is just perfect (Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6, Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4, & Olympus 45mm f/1.8). Even with extra batteries, my gear weighed less than a kilo. That’s really nice for long hikes with major elevation changes like this. I’ll be printing some 16×20’s of many of these.

In the first miles of the hike you pass through the small alpine ponds around Yew Lake:

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At this point, we’re still near the ski area of Cypress. The trail is nice and wide and well formed. We also still have energy and our feet don’t hurt. Ah, the deceitfulness of the beginning of a hike.

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Old Stump OM-D ISO200 f/5 1/200

The majority of the trail, though, involves regularly going above and then again below the tree line. Summiting one peak going down and then going back up the next. We camped at St. Mark’s Mtn. the first night and enjoyed a beautiful view. Including the beautiful sunset and sunrise. This is the first time lapse I’ve ever done. It’s a beautiful scene, but I have a ways to go an execution.

Howe Sound Sunset from Mike Aubrey on Vimeo.

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The Setting Moon OM-D ISO200 9mm f/4 1.3s

 Sunrise OM-D ISO200 25mm f/2.2 1/320

Sunrise OM-D ISO200 25mm f/2.2 1/320

 Sunrise over the Sound OM-D ISO200 25mm f/2.2 1/200

Sunrise over the Sound OM-D ISO200 25mm f/2.2 1/200

In the end, the only downside to the trip was the fact that the portion of the trail between Cypress Bowl and the Lions can get rather busy with day hikers. But once you get past that point, it’s a lot less crowed. Even still, we Canadians are a friendly lot anyway and we enjoyed a couple nice conversations with a few other hikers.

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Untitled OM-D ISO200 9mm f/4 1/800

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Untitled OM-D ISO200 9mm f/4 1/1250

OM-D 18mm Stitched Panorama

OM-D 18mm Stitched Panorama

The Lions OM-D ISO200 18mm f/5.6 1/500

The Lions OM-D ISO200 18mm f/5.6 1/500

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Untitled OM-D ISO200 18mm f/5.6 1/1600

Standing in the Clouds

Standing above the Clouds OM-D ISO200 9mm f/4 1/2500

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The Lions OM-D 25mm Stitched Panorama

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