Posts Tagged ‘Photos’

Sunset on Cypress

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

I got off work relatively early yesterday and had some spare time so I went up Cypress and did just over an hour of boarding. After just one run, the front clasp on my binding broke off! I lost a lot of control, but was able to push through another five runs. Without a doubt, my shortest day ever.

I was lucky to catch the sunset from atop this gorgeous mountain! the only camera I had with me though was my cellphone. Watch the quick video above – pretty good quality for a phone!

Oh, and here’s my GPS track:

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Canoeing Widgeon Creek with Kristy

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Kristy and I canoed up Widgeon Creek today! The weather was cloudy with patches of sun. A high of 4 degrees Celsius… we layered up and were nice and warm! We paddled just over 10km and saw a whole bunch of wildlife up the creek! There were easily over a dozen hawks, a bald eagle, and two sea-creatures we’re not sure if they were otters or seals!

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Video From on the Water

Jan 8: Widgeon Creek With Kristy (69 photos)


A Few More Nature Photos I Took

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

We canoed up Widgeon creek yesterday, and saw a lot of wildlife! Here’s some of the best photos I took up there.

Two Blue Herrons

Family of Three Otters

A Little Toad

Now throw in the Whiskey Jack photo from the other day, and I’d say that I really need to start bringing an SLR instead of my point and shoot! It’ll make my photos look more awesome like Tim’s!

Golden Ears Trip Report

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

I found an awesome website where people come and post trip reports on hikes they’ve just done, and I had to jump on board. From their homepage:

“Clubtread is an online community dedicated to the outdoors. We are a group of outdoors enthusiasts who get together online to share ideas, trip reports, photographs, and advice. Our message board is one of the primary methods to communicate with others, plan trips, and talk gear.”

Naturally, I had to post our Golden Ears trip report up there. You can find it at this url:

It’s pretty crazy because in the first 45 minutes, I’ve already had 45 readers and 2 comments. I’ve copied the content of my post below:

Living in the lower mainland, I stare up at Golden Ears every day. It’s kind of like the big mountain that’s just sitting there laughing at me for having never climbed it. I attempted it last year with my uncle, but he sprained his ankle at the 9km marker and we had to turn back. It’s been a long year looking up at it, but I finally assembled my team and we embarked on a “lazy” overnight trip up to the peak. There were five us us total – two of which had never hiked before. We left the parking lot at 8:50am.

We hiked into the first campsite which was half-way at the 6km marker (arrived 11:20am). As a group, we were energetic and decided to push onto the second campsite, which is at the 11km marker, instead of dropping our packs and going with day-packs the rest of the way. By the way – the only outhouse along the entire trail is about 50 meters past the first campsite. After the first campsite, the trail starts heading much more vertical.

Notice the switchbacks start just after the campsite:

For the two new people, I had lightened their pack to just their clothes and sleeping bag, but we had to carry one of their packs for them when it got steep.

Now there was a long stretch there where we ran really low on water. There was a stream just before the first campsite (approx 5.5km marker), and the next was just before the second campsite (approx 10.5km marker). This didn’t bode too well for my inexperienced hiker friends who needed the water =( We also stopped for lunch on the way. We arrived at the second campsite at 5:22pm. We were the first group up here that would go on to tent up here for the night! We relaxed for a bit before three of us continued on to the summit. We didn’t quite know the trail because there was lots of snow, so we kind of made our own path. Eventually we found the trail.

The view from the top is the best I’ve ever seen of the lower mainland. I went on a little stroll up Dog Mountain (up Seymour) later to compare it, and I still stand by the view from Golden Ears. It was awesome! We summited at 6:30pm.

Back at the campsite, I surprised everyone with a freezing cold bottle of white wine that I had buried in the snow before we started for the summit! We ate like kings! Idahoan’s Roasted Garlic mashed potatoes, three cheese smokies, and white wine, followed by tea & hot chocolate.

In the morning, we walked on down the mountain, leaving the campsite at 10:17am. The stroll down was much easier, as always. It was tons of fun boot-skiing down in the snowy areas.

We got back to the lower campsite at exactly 2:00pm. Down there, we wandered towards the river but it took about 10-15 minutes of bushwhacking to make it to the water and I would not recommend doing it. Just walk down the trail another 500 meters to where we stopped for lunch and there’s extra easy access to the stream. To pamper ourselves some more, we cooked the last of the smokies and Idahoen’s for lunch. Got back hiking at 2:50pm.

The last stretch was nice and easy, and we made it back to the cars at 4:45pm.

Lastly, here’s our Google Maps tracks:

Now for an experienced hiker like myself, it wasn’t bad at all, but this trip goes to show that with enough time and determination, almost anyone can get up that mountain! I’m really proud of our team for all their hard work – and I hope to have them come out again. After all, it’s all about getting out and enjoying nature with friends!

Paul Romein

PS: First time posting, and I probably wrote way too much – sorry!

Photo Upload Script Fixed!

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Back in mid-February, we upgraded our web host and migrated all of our websites over to the new servers. However, the transition broke the code which allowed me to very easily upload my digital camera photos from where I store them on my servers straight to my web albums! I’ve definitely missed it, and it’s taken a while but I’ve finally spent a few hours fixing the glitches and making some upgrades! I’ll have to go back a couple months and upload photos for the last little while, but now I’ll be able to photo-blog a lot faster and easier again!

I suppose my main motivation is that there’s a group of us hiking up Golden Ears this weekend and I’m really excited to share the photos with everyone really quickly and easily!

Updates, Updates.

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Apologies to everyone who has been checking my site as there haven’t been any updates in about 10 days! I’ve just finished uploading photos, and our new short film, Chasing Skirts, from the 72 hour Film Noir Competition.

In other news, Ray and Nate’s mom, had a minor seizure and has been diagnosed with a tumor in her brain, and another in her lung. The doctors have successfully removed the one in her brain, which caused the seizure in the first place. I’ve been down to see her countless times, and she is looking better and better every day! She has had countless visitors from friends and family who love her, and her spirits have been stronger than I could ever have imagined.

I’ve spent the last little while devoted to standing by the Blackmore’s as they carry though this ordeal, but they have been pillars of strength on their own.  Nathaniel was on leave for a week and came home to visit with us – and only by chance was here when their mom went into the hospital. His leave was extended a week so he could stay and help out with him mom, so we’ve been spending all of our time trying to make the best of it. We’ve been keeping ourselves busy, and I’ve hardly found enough time to work – let alone update my website.

And lastly for those die-hard readers who get this far, I’ve got a tiny bit of gossip-juice. Although it goes against a lot of what I stand against, I’ve actually been researching and contemplating getting something like a blackberry to help simplify my work-load and allow me to have more tools available to me while I’m out of the office.