Dean Hebert Photography

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Banff 2014, Day2; Shadow Lake

Posted by Dean Hebert on December 5, 2014 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)


 I awoke at 5am and hatched a plan. After breakfast, I would hike back to the truck and get the TP that was in the glovebox, hike back to the campsite...

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Summitting Coquihalla Mountain

Posted by Dean Hebert on September 6, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)


 The plan was to tackle all three mountain surrounding Illal Meadows, but low energy levels and a cut requiring 3 stitches held us to summitting just Coquihalla Mountain.

 I posted an event on clubtread and got a couple of responses. Janice and Clayton said they would be happy to join me. Driving up the spur road, we encountered a hiker who was parking his car. We offered him a lift to the trail head and it turned out to be Jeff, a fellow clubtre...

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Back in Downton

Posted by Dean Hebert on September 6, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Where else would we go on a long weekend car-camping adventure? This area has become a real favourite for me with so much to see and so many places to explore.

 Serea and I invited Paul and our neighbours, Chris and Celyne, to join us, so, on the Canada Day long weekend, we drove up the Downton Creek FSR, missing the turn off and having to retrace our steps back to the right spur. We set up camp just past the trail head.

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A Quick Hike Up Elk

Posted by Dean Hebert on March 24, 2014 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (2)

With the weather looking promising, I decided to hike up Elk, Friday after work. By the time I got to the trailhead it was 6:00 pm and I knew I'd have to hustle if I wanted to get to the top for the sunset. The lower section of the trail was clear and I made good time. Once I was past the logging road, snow began to cover the ground and I slowed down to maintain my footing. As I approached the final steep section the snow was piling up so I put my snowshoes to give me traction. There was...

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3 Nights at Blowdown Lake

Posted by Dean Hebert on November 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

After getting a late start from Chilliwack, Lou and I pulled off Hwy 99 and started up the Blowdown Creek FSR at about 8:00 pm. Lou babied his jetta through the water bars at a crawl and about an hour later we were at the end of the two wheel drive section, at the 10 km mark. We spent of few minutes gathering our gear together and stretching our legs before heading out in the dark.

 The full moon lit up the night and it was easy going, allowing us to travel the 4 kms to the lake in...

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A Stormy Night in the Coquihalla!

Posted by Dean Hebert on October 28, 2013 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 With the end of the season fast approaching, I was determined to do some more backpacking while the weather held. I posted on Clubtread but got no results until I bumped the thread back to the top. Then I got some action!

 I made plans with two other hikers to spend two nights in Illal Meadows, a favourite destination of mine. I was jittery with anticipation as I packed for the trip.

 One of the guys backed out when his plans changed but Alex and I were still on. T...

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Downton Creek

Posted by Dean Hebert on October 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

 After "discovering" the northern section of Hwy 99 last year, I was eager to explore this beautiful area.

 It's a longish drive from Chilliwack, up the Fraser Canyon to Lytton, then up Hwy 12 to Lillooet. 24 kms west of Lillooet on the 99 is the turn-off for the Downton Creek FSR, and an easy 14 kms later we were at the trailhead. We were car camping this weekend and there was a great spot just past the trailhead parkinglot to set-up our tent and shelter.



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Adventures in Garibaldi; The Black Tusk Attempt

Posted by Dean Hebert on October 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

High winds and zero visibility kept us from summiting Black Tusk but when the clouds cleared the views were spectacular.

 Karl contacted me and suggested we hike to Black Tusk, a round trip journey of over 28 kms. I was game so Janice picked me up and we made our way from Chilliwack to North Vancouver where we hopped into Karl's car and drove to the trailhead.

  This was my first time in Garibaldi and I was a bit surprised by the size of the parking lot and how full...

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Camping in Wells Gray

Posted by Dean Hebert on September 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 Wells Gray never dissappoints and the August long weeked was no exception.

 I got off work early on Friday and after driving 4 1/2 hours we arrived at the Clearwater Campground.  




 Something told me that we should hurry and get set-up so we quickly unloaded the ...

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Mount MacDonald

Posted by Dean Hebert on July 26, 2013 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 We reached the parking lot in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park just after 8:00 AM. Myself and 3 others ( Karl, Alyssa, and Brian ) geared-up and headed out. The initial trail through the campgrounds and along the Chilliwack River is mostly flat and we were quickly at the trailhead.



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