Two Days In the Mountains - Russet Lake, Whirlwind, Overlord

One weekend last summer, a few friends and I drove out to Whistler on an early Saturday morning, took the chairlifts to the top of the mountain then hiked into the back country. 

The view from the top of Whistler. In the middle of winter, this is covered in snow and skiers. You can see Black Tusk off in the distance. 

The view from the top of Whistler. In the middle of winter, this is covered in snow and skiers. You can see Black Tusk off in the distance. 

Mountain Meadows en route to our camp site. 

Mountain Meadows en route to our camp site. 

After about 10-12km, we arrived at Russet Lake. Our camp site was about 50 meters to the left of this photo, alongside a stream running out of the lake. The peak in the photo is Fissile Peak. 

After about 10-12km, we arrived at Russet Lake. Our camp site was about 50 meters to the left of this photo, alongside a stream running out of the lake. The peak in the photo is Fissile Peak. 

It was the middle of summer, but it gets cold in the mountains once the sun starts to go down. Thankfully one of our group brought some wine to keep us warm. I made dinner for some of us: pasta with canned chicken and pesto sauce. it would have been gross under any other circumstances. 

It was the middle of summer, but it gets cold in the mountains once the sun starts to go down. Thankfully one of our group brought some wine to keep us warm. I made dinner for some of us: pasta with canned chicken and pesto sauce. it would have been gross under any other circumstances. 

The view from our campsite. The lake in the photo above is behind us in the photo. 

The view from our campsite. The lake in the photo above is behind us in the photo. 

An iPhone will never be able to do justice to to way the sky looked in the mountains on such an unbelievably clear night, and this is the last photo I took before it got dark. We sat outside for an hour or so after this and just looked at the stars. 

An iPhone will never be able to do justice to to way the sky looked in the mountains on such an unbelievably clear night, and this is the last photo I took before it got dark. We sat outside for an hour or so after this and just looked at the stars. 

A few of us got moving at at 6am the next morning to try and tackle a few of the nearby peaks. This is the view on the way up - the lake is just off to the right of this photo as we're moving up a steep scree slope. 

A few of us got moving at at 6am the next morning to try and tackle a few of the nearby peaks. This is the view on the way up - the lake is just off to the right of this photo as we're moving up a steep scree slope. 

A view fro the summit of Whirlwind, the first peak we hit. You can see the next one we were aiming for, Overlord Mountain, along the end of the ridge trail on the left of the photo (we had to follow that ridge).  

A view fro the summit of Whirlwind, the first peak we hit. You can see the next one we were aiming for, Overlord Mountain, along the end of the ridge trail on the left of the photo (we had to follow that ridge).  

View from the top of Overlord, looking back along that ride and Whirlwind. At this point, it was 9am on Sunday morning and the weather and views were amazing. 

View from the top of Overlord, looking back along that ride and Whirlwind. At this point, it was 9am on Sunday morning and the weather and views were amazing. 

Descending down from Overlord. It's not really a hike, more of a scramble. 

Descending down from Overlord. It's not really a hike, more of a scramble. 

Ty on the descent. 

Ty on the descent. 

Hiking bike to civilization with Whirlwind and Overlord in the background. 

Hiking bike to civilization with Whirlwind and Overlord in the background. 

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It was a pretty good way to spend a weekend with some great friends. 

Check out more of the hikes and scrambles I've done in the past little while at the Explore section on BlogCampaigning.