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Garibaldi Neve
Parent Area: Pacific Ranges

Area: 53 sq km.Location: The Neve is a 35 square km icefield located on the eastern flanks of the Mount Garibaldi massif. Drainage is to the east into the Pitt River, to the southwest into Ring Creek and to the northwest into Garibaldi Lake.

Terrain: The Garibaldi Neve is an area of substantial snowfall with more than 5 meters in many winters. This snowfall tends to choke the crevasses with snow. Thus it is ideal for ski traverses. Parties usually carry a rope for emergency, but seldom rope up on the actual crossing unless they are navigating in whiteout conditions. There are several peaks which jut out of the snowfield, such as the Sharkfin, and the Glacier Pikes. The Glacier Pikes are often climbed in the morning of the second day of the Neve traverse. The Neve is most commonly accessed from the south via the Bishop Glacier or from the north via the Sentinel Glacier. It could also be accessed from the Pitt glaciers, but this is not common since the Pitt River itself is not readily accessable. The Pitt is more likely to be used as an exit route to gain access to Gray Pass and Parapet Peak to the east. This steep descent, sometimes referred to as the "black hole" has worrysome avalanche slopes above one on either side, and would not be a good idea immediately after a heavy snowfall. On the normal traverse route, the main crevasses to worry about are in the center section between the Shark's Fin and the high point just east of the Tent. This section is also quite tricky to navigate in a whiteout.

Top Trips
Backbone of Garibaldi Park: McBride Ski Traverse Robin Tivy
Garibaldi Lake - Brohm Ridge Traverse Robin Tivy
Garibaldi - Into the Wilderness Randy Stoltmann
Mamquam Marathon via Elfin Lakes Fred Touche
North East Route - Mount Garibaldi Henrik Hinkkala
McBride Traverse - An Alternate Route to the Squamish-Whistler Highway Jordan Peters
The 1998 Garibaldi Neve Traverse: Cold, Confusion and Clouded Judgement Steve Grant
McBride Traverse - Diamond Head to Whistler - Route Description Robin Tivy
Not Atwell Peak Again! Fred Touche
Circumnavigate Table Mountain on Skis Robin Tivy
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Mt. Garibaldi from Gentian Peak Alan Nurmeste
Garibaldi Massif from Southeast Fred Touche
Garibaldi Massif From South Fred Touche
The Sharkfin Doug Brown
Mount Garibaldi From Atwell Peak Fred Touche
Atwell Peak in Winter Don Funk
Looking Down Along Atwell's South Arete to Diamond Head Fred Touche
Atwell Peak and Howe Sound from Garibaldi Jeff Volp
Skiing Eastward from the Opal Cone to Mamquam Lake Steph Durocher
View Southwest from Diamond Head Greg Jones
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