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RUNNER-UP: Hiking British Columbia
Presenting the second round of our Action Photography Contest, judged by
National Geographic photographer Bill Hatcher.
 
Photo: Hiking British Columbia
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I shot this photo of my friend Volker after a sweaty uphill slog on day three of our trip through volcanic Mount Edziza Provincial Park in northwest British Columbia. This was our first view of the Spectrum Range, which looked like an artist's palette splashed with brilliant mineral hues of orange, purple, yellow, and red. Although we could have covered the distance in about a week, we ended up
spending three glorious weeks in the park. Later in the trip, my friend John, who had found a set of abandoned caribou antlers, coaxed three curious adolescent caribou to come within spitting distance of the group by walking slowly about with some antlers held up to his head. 
—Kevin Burke, 46
Real Estate Appraiser
Montrose, California


Judge's Remarks:
This is a quiet photo, but what a spectacular background. Kevin framed the person on the bright yellow background to make him pop from the scene. What a fantastic location.
—Bill Hatcher, photographer and author of the National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Action & Adventure


DIY:
Because the park gets less than 300 visitors annually, grizzly sightings are more likely than hiker sightings. Most people start hiking at Buckley Lake, at the north end of the park, and finish at Mowdade Lake about seven days later. This area is accessible only by floatplane. We flew with North Pacific Seaplanes. The drop-off and pick-up dates are arranged through Hal and Bunty of Tatogga Lake Lodge (+1 250 234 3526), where the planes dock. The lodge has lakeside cabins and campsites. For park info, go to
www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/mtedziza.html.

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