Kicking off Summer on Mt Currie
To celebrate the summer solstice, we decided to pack up our gear and go up to Mt Currie for the night. We'd hiked up the new Mt Currie trail a few times this spring, turning around at the snow line, but this visit we went all the way up to the end of the trail where there's a great view of the Pemberton valley.
Looking skyward behind us at one of the sub peaks that face Pemberton, we decided that the good camping was an hour's bushwack up still, and off we went. If you are looking at Mt Currie from Pemberton, you'll see the Y Chute off to the right, then a roundish shoulder further right. This is approximately where we ended up, with perfect views all the way from Black Tusk + Tantalus, to all the mountains around Pemberton and the Hurley Rd and Joffre to the north.
The longest day of the year comes with the shortest night of the year. After taking in an epic sunset on the shoulder of Mt Currie, we settled into our down mats and down bags for a little less than 6 hours of darkness. An incredible sunrise showed up the next morning, and I did not want to go home.
Our truck was the only one at the trail head. I guess everyone else was in the zoo of activity for the Whistler Tough Mudder. On the short 10 minute drive on hwy 99 before turning onto the logging road we passed 56 road bikers. It was kind of a treat to kick off the first day of summer in total peace + quiet.