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.
In the image below the straight line is the North Beach road featured in yesterday’s panorama.
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Canon 5Dii with soaking wet Nikkor-N (pre-AI) 24mm/2.8m lens, ISO640 (a couple at ISO1250), single images tone-mapped.