Text & photos by Jimmy Martinello.
One thing about B.C. that is so incredibly rad is that within five minutes to an hour you can be out and surrounded by a world of nature. From lush green rainforest to the mass beauty of the Pacific Ocean, to rivers and streams in all directions with mountain peaks towering high above.
Driving north this time round takes us about an hour drive up the beautiful Squamish Valley en route to the majestic Elaho River for a run down its glacier-fed rapids. It’s a playground like no other, abundant of untamed beauty. Ice falls and waterfalls surround each side of the Valley pouring down off the mountain tops and the peaks rise to the sky in all directions. We are in awe and we haven’t even begun our paddle.
The sun be shining and the weather so sweet as we pump up our SUPs (inflatable stand-up paddleboards) to begin our quest in this magical land, our home, our routes our backyard that we are so truly blessed to be surrounded by. The mystery is upon us all with what is in store for our day ahead. New ground for some of us, timid but intrigued – the wilderness always changing and transforming. The mystery, the beauty, the essence of adventure is what brings us here and the crew we have is on terms for what is in store.