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Swift Creek Route to Mount Garibaldi
Timestamp Free: 2018.07.22 - 08:13:34
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 2120m
Participants: Robin Tivy, Betsy Waddington, Dave Williams, Tanya Behrisch
Difficulty: 3: Approach via open road, then steeply up through trees to gain ridge.
From Hwy 99, up Swift Creek and onto Brohm Ridge, then next day around Garibaldi and up the Tent. Return by dropping into "Old Growth" creek.
This report describes a 2 day trip up the Swift Creek road, onto Brohm ridge, then camp. Next day we skied up onto the Garibaldi Neve and climbed "The Tent" and then skied back down "Old Growth Creek" to regain the Swift Creek road, and then back to the highway. Old Growth Creek is the name I give to the unnamed southern fork of Culliton Creek.

With the weather clearing slightly on Friday after a cold snowfall, everybody was inspired to get out for the weekend. Rather than the usual 5 hours each way from Vancouver to somewhere way up the Duffy Lake Road to Lillooet, the idea came up to go somewhere close, and spend the 4 hours driving time saved by ski-ing instead. The original plan was to go up Cullitan Creek and further investigate what I will call "Old Growth Creek" just north of Brohm Ridge. We had discovered this delightful place on a day trip two years ago. At that time we had reached it on an overgrown logging road on the S. side of Culliton Creek. However at the last minute a phone call to Paul Kubik turned up a more pleasant shortcut - a logging road in good condition which goes up Swift Creek.

The starting point was a stub of the old highway which branches east off highway 99 just past the Cheakamus River lookout. Fresh snow was falling heavily, and we abandoned the 2wd Toyota Corolla on the first hill at about 1200 feet of elevation. There was just enough snow to put on skis right away. Shortly thereafter we passed a couple of buildings where two trucks were parked - some sort of artistic woodworking operation. By 11:08 AM, we had reached 49:52.3-123:07.7. Here the road levels out and goes through a pass. We continued on the road across a large clearcut. At 12:11 we reached the furthest point east on the road at 49:52.68-123:06.4. From here you have a...

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