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[TR] The black tusk B.C. - standard chimneys 2/19/2009

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Trip: The black tusk B.C. - standard chimneys

 

Date: 2/19/2009

 

Trip Report:

well after an aborted attempt at driving up the Cheakamus lake road involving multiple shoveling frenzies and a healthy amount of 4 wheel rockstar burnouts, we retreated south to the Garibaldi lake access, which was much friendlier. we skiied in to taylor meadows, got a good look at he peaks & made camp. Next morning, a semi alpine start skiing up to the top of panorama ridge, I'm countin 2 summits on it even though technically it may be debatable.From that vantage we saw the chimneys on the s/w shoulder of the black tusk. Made a quick ski descent & switchbacked hard to gain the col. Some scrappy 5th class action in ski boots(5.2) made for exciting entertainment. ate sharkies at the top , made 1 rappel using no slings, able to wrap the rope around a large horn, skiied back to camp, it was a sweet day.

 

Gear Notes:

ice axe,crampons, 2 double length slings(used as diaper harnesses)1 50m 8mm rope. could use 1 picket and or 1 green & 1 red camalot.

 

Approach Notes:

garibaldi lake road, approx 9km to taylor meadows. I suggest going further to black tusk lake , as it will put you in a better position for the next day. Ascend the s/w bowls & park your extra gear at the col, there's a convenient pinnacle near the base.descend either back down via tha garibaldi lake trail, once past the "barrier" it is probably sketchy skiing, most likely bootpacking to the road. Or for a more interesting twist, descend the helm creek trail watch for the orange triangles on trees marking the trail these dissapear @ approx 3500' elev. then find the steel bridge across the river , & out cheakamus lake road, much of it walking flat or keep your skins on. approx 14km? & hitch a ride back to your vehicle at Garibaldi.laurentuskfeb09_014.jpglaurentuskfeb09_022.jpglaurentuskfeb09_021.jpglaurentuskfeb09_028.jpglaurentuskfeb09_037.jpg

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KK: Nice! You're way ahead of me now; I'll have to work hard when I get back. The trip looks awesome; good weather and interesting terrain. Did you guys get any good turns in?

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Man I haven't been up there in forever! There is some beautiful country to be see from up there. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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5th class action in ski boots(5.2) made for exciting entertainment. ate sharkies at the top

 

Excellent trip report. The standard route is a popular hike and has been rated as "moderate scrambling" or "Class 2-3" in various guidebooks. Even allowing for ski boots and the presence of snow, calling this 5th Class might be pushing it a bit.

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5th class action in ski boots(5.2) made for exciting entertainment. ate sharkies at the top

 

Excellent trip report. The standard route is a popular hike and has been rated as "moderate scrambling" or "Class 2-3" in various guidebooks. Even allowing for ski boots and the presence of snow, calling this 5th Class might be pushing it a bit.

 

He called it 5.2. Not sure the difference between 3rd class and 5.2 is worth debating, not unless down-grading somebody's scramble in ski boots gives you the sensation of having a big cock.

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