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The Black Tusk (Nq'il'qtens Ku Skenknap)  British Columbia   #31
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges

Height: 2319 m -> 7608 feet
Prominence?: 569 m  
Line Parent?: Castle Towers Mountain (8.1 km away, at bearing 119 degrees)
Greater Parent: Castle Towers Mountain (8.0 km away)

Location:   49.97516,-123.04279     49:58:31, -123:02:34   10U 496932 5535870 (5 km NW of Garibaldi Lake). (16 km S of Whistler). NTS Mapsheet: 092.G.14   AreaCode: EM93/JA74
First Ascent: 1912 W. Gray
Black Tusk from Panorama Ridge
A dramatic, extinct volcano located north of the northwest end of Garibaldi Lake. Generally a "black" tusk, but occasionally a "white" tusk in winter, this peak catches one's eye from many different angles. The peak is a remnant of a much larger volcano that has mostly eroded away. The ascent of the true peak - the north peak - requires the use of stone bollards to protect the belay. As this peak is in the process of quickly falling down, the ascentionist would be wise to choose a time when others are not on the route.

The actual highest point on Black tusk is the Bishop's Mitre which is just north of the peak. It is separated by a 15m gap. Scramble up the lower south summit and the rappel down to the notch with the main summit. Perform an exposed and very loose traverse along the west side of the main summit to reach the base of The Bishop's Mitre. It is unclimbed.

Name Notes: To the native people of the Sea to Sky Corridor this mountain was Nq'il'qtens Ku Skenknap, "seat of thunder", the mountain on which the legendary Thunder Bird lived. The rock was said to have been burnt black by lightning.

1. Standard Chimney Route Class 3. From Taylor Meadows campground, follow main trail upwards till you get to turnoff. Then follow beaten path up the scree to the base of the final tusk. As you go around to the left (clockwise), you'll come to the base of the chimney. Distance: 2 km Equipment: None AvgTime: 6 hours return from campground

Trips within 1 km
41 2015.05.10 Empetrum via Cheakamus Parking Lot Rex Gutermuth
30 2014.05.18 May Long Ascent of Black Tusk via Mixed Chimneys Brett Logan
19 2006.10.22 Me against the Black Tusk Jeff Congram
17 2001.08.21 Black Tusk or Bust Gary Sutton
17 2000.11.11 Early Season Skiing around Black Tusk Meadows Scott Nelson
31 2000.09.23 Black Tusk in the Black of Night Stefan Albrecher


Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
16 Black Tusk from Panorama Ridge Mitch Sulkers
13 Solo and Free on the Black Tusk Reynold Schmidt
11 Black Tusk from Helm Cinder Flats Mitch Sulkers
11 Black Tusk - Northwest Side Steve Sproule
10 Black Tusk Inukshuck Ron Enns
8 Black Tusk from Empetrum Ridge Marek Labecki
8 Callaghan Lake Panorama Mitch Sulkers
8 Black Tusk in Early June from SW Ridge Zoran Vasic
8 Helm Lake and Black Tusk Greg Jones
7 Black Tusk from Slopes of Mount Price Robin Tivy
7 Garibaldi Lake and the Black Tusk in Winter Frank W. Baumann
7 Looking Back at Black Tusk Greg Jones
7 The Black Tusk from Flute Summit Lucas Earl
7 Black Tusk from Decker Mousetrap Mitch Sulkers
5 Black Tusk Reflections Drew Brayshaw
5 Black Tusk Sunset Mitch Sulkers
4 Whistler Peak and Black Tusk Frank W. Baumann
4 Black Tusk Summer Skiing Ron Enns
4 Garibaldi Park: Clearing Storm over the Valley of Desolation Mitch Sulkers
4 Black Tusk - November Jordan Peters
3 The Black Tusk Fred Touche
3 The Black Tusk - Southeast Face Fred Touche
3 Black Tusk Panorama Ron Enns
3 Black Tusk and Garibaldi Lake Josef Hanus
3 The Black Tusk - East Side Fred Touche
3 Black Tusk from upper Helm Creek Marek Labecki
3 The Black Tusk - Northeast Side Fred Touche
3 Black Tusk In The Autumn Mists Drew Brayshaw

Placename Photos
9 Mount Davidson, Castle Towers and The Black Tusk from Cypress Peak Simon Chesterton
9 View South-southeast from The Black Tusk Steve Sproule
9 The Black Tusk and Tantalus Range from Piccolo Summit Mitch Sulkers
8 Corrie Peak from above Russet Lake Lucas Earl
7 Labeled Panorama Southwest from Overlord Mountain Lucas Earl
6 The Black Tusk - South Side Fred Touche
5 Brandywine Meadows View Southeast Steve Sproule
5 East Knob of the Black Tusk in October Alex Joseph