Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • olyclimber

      WELCOME TO THE CASCADECLIMBERS.COM FORUMS   02/03/18

      We have upgraded to new forum software as of late last year, and it makes everything here so much better!  It is now much easier to do pretty much anything, including write Trip Reports, sell gear, schedule climbing related events, and more. There is a new reputation system that allows for positive contributors to be recognized,  it is possible to tag content with identifiers, drag and drop in images, and it is much easier to embed multimedia content from Youtube, Vimeo, and more.  In all, the site is much more user friendly, bug free, and feature rich!   Whether you're a new user or a grizzled cascadeclimbers.com veteran, we think you'll love the new forums. Enjoy!
Sign in to follow this  
rokstar

Garibaldi Neve

Recommended Posts

anyone have information about conditions on the garibaldi neve? What about Mt. Garibaldi? We're planning to do the traverse this coming weekend. Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The snow is gonna be hard, so you won't have to worry about trail breaking, but it's gonna be cold. Garibaldi should be in prime climbing condition, but it might be worth taking crampons in case the snow is too hard to kick steps.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Usually. You might want an ice axe in addition to crampons given the hard snow conditions. It's best to camp on the neve below the NE face, climb it first thing in the am, come back and pack up camp, and head out the rubble creek trail.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks for the info - I am also assuming that the NE face can usually be skied? Although it may be difficult with all the hard snow right now... Or is there a better descent route?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

People usually ski to the schrund on the NE face and boot it from there, but if the snow's good and you like the steeps, then take your skis up and give 'er! It's too steep to skin up, though. NE face is the best descent in my mind, it's a more continuous run than the E face. Plus more direct to the top.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Neve was in fine condition this weekend with lots of people doing overnight and day trips. thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

 

Ring Creek is well bridged, as are crevasses near the Sharkfin.

 

The Garibaldi Lake trail is very icy in spots. Most people were hiking up it rather than skinning. Skiing down it by headlamp was not pleasant. Full snow coverage starts at about the 2km mark. With high clearance and good tires or chains it is possible to drive to within a few hundred meters of the Rubble Creek parking lot.

 

The road up to the Diamond Head parking lot is currently in good shape, and easily driven by any vehicle. The trail up to Red Heather meadows and on to Elfin Lakes is well packed down by snowshoers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PB did the Sea to Sky two-pack get done?

Nope, G-ROC couldn't get anyone to step up on Saturday.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, six of us (three going each way) did the traverse on Sunday, but none of us climbed Garibaldi. At midday, my group was just getting up out of Ring Creek and onto the Bishop Glacier. The other group was starting the climb from Sentinel Bay up to the col below Glacier Pikes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PB did the Sea to Sky two-pack get done?

 

What's the two-pack? Garibaldi & Mamquam? The Chieften & Garf's? confused.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Must one go all the way to the parking lot on the far side and come all the way back to their starting point to say they did the neve twice in a day? Or if I skied from elfin to glacier pikes, back to Opal cone, back to the pikes and then home via elfin can I say I did the neve four times in a day? smirk.gif

Edited by Ponzini

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

for reals twice in a day you should start from point A and travel to point B twice with a drive around in the middle. going A-B-A is cheating. you can bet the "twice in a day" spearhead crowd don't turn around to retrace steps but rather suck it up and chairlift up blackcomb to restart once they come down whistler the first time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
you can bet the "twice in a day" spearhead crowd don't turn around to retrace steps but rather suck it up and chairlift up blackcomb to restart once they come down whistler the first time.

Even for the really fast folks (4-5 hours), they'd be cutting it close to catch the second ride before the uppper lifts closed.

 

if I skied from elfin to glacier pikes, back to Opal cone, back to the pikes and then home via elfin can I say I did the neve four times in a day?

I'm pretty sure I've read/heard that many of the "X times in a day" events on the Spearhead involve slogging back and forth between the East Col and Singing Pass, with a final run down the Singing Pass trail.

 

What's the two-pack? Garibaldi & Mamquam? The Chieften & Garf's?

The proposed challenge was to ski the Spearhead one day, and the Neve the next, or vice versa.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The REAL challenge would be to ski the Spearhead, free the full Grand Wall, MTB the Test of Metal circuit, paddle the Ashlu Canyon and drink a dozen pints of Rail ale all in a day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

×