It's time to trade in the lightweight layers for something a little tougher...
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilised people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”
– John Muir
Hiking has a simple philosophy: jealous feet. Place one foot in front of the other until you get right to the very top.
Yes, it is incredibly simple but, unlike the majority of jargon you hear these days, it's something that has continued to serve hikers well for numerous years.
Proven to be one of the best stress relieving forms of exercise - you'll just have to trust us - when you see some of the views, you'll know why.
Introducing: the exploration of Whistler BC, Canada.
DIFFICULTY: 5* | DISTANCE: 38KM | ELEVATION: 1,810M | TIME: 8-12Hrs
No words can help explain the sense of euphoria that rushes through your body when you reach the top of Panorama Ridge.
IT'S COMPLETE AND UTTER BLISS.
Google: 'Panorama Ridge' and you'll be told that the first 7K is uphill, tedious and a little slow if not lonely.
Everything you read is pretty much word-perfect. 7 kilometres of switchbacks are long and incredibly arduous...
Especially when the only thing that you have to pass the time is the not-so-melodic sound of your own voice and bear bells loudly reminding you that grizzly's really do exist.
As with most things however, it's at this point where a good pace, grit and determination is paramount.
Trust us, you'll be able to give your legs a little rest once you've reached Taylor Meadows - at this point in the trek, the hike more or less turns into a gentle meander, so power through.
Ascends turn into outstretched alpine meadows and your first sneak peak of snow capped mountains and picture-perfect glacier lakes come into view.
After this, it's just onwards and upwards.
One foot in front of the other and a view that will, without a doubt, take your breath away.
DIFFICULTY: 2* | DISTANCE: Up To: 16KM | ELEVATION: 500M | TIME: 4-6Hrs
Cheakamus Lake is probably one of the most adaptable hikes within the vicinity of BC.
The reason why?
With so many idyllic water-side spots, it's ultimately up to you where you stop, take lunch, have a dip and then turn back.
For us, we walked about 8 kilometres down the track before finding a fallen tree, half situated in the lake - so, of course being the content capturing humans that we are, you could happily say that we found our spot and made camp.
If you're brave enough - take a dip into the ice-cold, clear blue waters - refreshing doesn't quite cut it.
DIFFICULTY: 1* | DISTANCE: 5.1KM | ELEVATION: 120M | TIME: 1-2Hrs
I'LL LET THIS ONE SPEAK FOR ITSELF.
Walking distance from Whistler Olympic Village, Lost Lake is yet another mind-blowing, heart warming view.
Touted as more of a peaceful gander than a hike - the total loop around the lake averages out at around 5 kilometres with various docks spotted around the vicinity for sunbathing, diving off into the clear waters and year round fishing.
DIFFICULTY: **** | DISTANCE: 24KM | ELEVATION: 1,073M | TIME: 5-7Hrs
THE BEAUTY OF THE BLUE OF GARIBALDI LAKE IS HARD TO OVERSTATE.
It's said to be one of the best hikes within the Whistler region for a reason...
Note: the beginning of the route does follow the same initial 7K as Panorama Ridge so, if anything, think of it as a winning jackpot with the ability to stay overnight at one of the various campsites alongside the route and complete both hikes over the course of a long weekend.
Beware: extended sitting by the lake will put you into a state of calm reflection. Remain as long as the day will allow.