Tow Hill Climb

Another in an intermittent series about Tow Hill, Haida Gwaii that I started more than a week ago. This post follows the path, or boardwalk as it now is, up to the top of the hill. In the past when I have walked to the top I have been quite winded by the steep bits. But now there boardwalk has been placed to find a more gentle route, with a number of zigzags on the steepest areas and I was not winded at all by the time we reached the top. Considering how out of shape I am, it seems that they have found a very gentle grade indeed.

My photographs were all taken in the rain, in the low clouds, with poor visibility. These tone-mapped treatments help to cut through the haze and bring out a bit of detail that is otherwise obscured, and I much prefer them to the washed out bluish originals. Even so, the views from the top all show clouds drifting past below although the hill is only a few hundred feet high. At both lookouts on this trail there are sign boards that tell more Haida history from Tow Hill and nearby places like Hiellen and Rose Spit. I won’t recount it in detail like I did for the Tow Hill story, partly because I don’t have good enough focus/depth of field to read all of it clearly, and partly because transcribing is very time-consuming.

I must say that I think that BC Parks has done a very good job on this boardwalk, which appears brand new, and on choosing a new route that will make the top of Tow Hill accessible to many more people while keeping feet off the moss and allowing he older worn trail bed to recover. And, Parks’ collaboration with the Haida on the signage is a very welcome and informative.

Wet boardwalk surface glowing in light


In the image below the straight line is the  North Beach road featured in yesterday’s panorama.

Looking West through the rain


On the way down\


To open larger view s of the images, click on any thumbnail below, navigate with the arrows and escape to return to this page.


Canon 5Dii with soaking wet Nikkor-N (pre-AI) 24mm/2.8m lens, ISO640 (a couple at ISO1250), single images tone-mapped.

8 thoughts on “Tow Hill Climb

      • Pretty much any alignment of stars that gets me up to Haida Gwaii is welcome to me. Maybe I need to buy lottery tickets (well, actually, the odds of returning to HG are much higher than those of winning a lottery so that is a bad idea).


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  2. Hi Ken. I am really enjoying learning how to use this new software. The tone mapping has taught me that very flat light and days that seem disappointing photographically can have a ton of potential which I did not fully recognise before – not just the light rain days that I did recognise as pretty special, but brighter overcast days with the most boring white sky and so on.
    Of course I should have started doing some serious developing last year, but I am glad to have it expanding my vocabulary now and I have had a lot of other things to learn in the last year. I have not really explored LR4 very much yet either, although a few times I have applied a colour filter prior to tone mapping when there is a feature I really want to bring out. And using masks in LR4 to bring up or down some feature – either before or after the tone mapping. Its fun to experiment, and there is so much to learn.
    A couple of these images in particular are pleasing, and yesterday’s made me very happy. Tomorrow I have more of another of these boardwalks – a flat one, with lots of benches, that ends at the blow hole beach with the whale turned to stone that I wrote about in my first Tow Hill post.


  3. A light rain makes for beautiful lighting and it shows on these. And the treatment is perfect. This looks like a walk I would love to take. I like a well laid out path, too.


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