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Garibaldi Neve Traverse - Waypoints South to North
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.21 - 18:14:47
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (2 days)
Participants: Robin Tivy, etc. Crevasses are usually covered if you are on the right route. One steep slope below Gargoyles, to be avoided in heavy snow.
A waypoint by waypoint description of the traverse, and conditions, from Diamond Head to Black Tusk parking lot.
This article gives some useful waypoints for the Garibaldi Neve traverse. Most of the route can be figured out just by looking at the the map 92 G/15. However there are enough numerous little terrain features on the route that do not show up on the map that it is worth detailing them in a route article, especially if you have poor visibility for part of your traverse.

Disclaimer: This route description is not written to encourage crossing the Garibaldi Neve in a whiteout. Although I have crossed it almost a dozen times over the years, my experience has been that once you get a whiteout, its really easy to run into all sorts of scary features you never even noticed in good weather. So with this in mind, I thought I'd comment on a few critical parts of the route accompanied by GPS references. Don't use this route description as your main source of navigation in a whiteout! Its intended purpose is to draw your attention to a few critical features that are not readily identifiable on the map but which you should LOOK OUT FOR if you do become lost. Note: Like any article, this article could contain mistakes.

The Neve Traverse can be done either from south to north, or north to south. South to north is most common because it is a net elevation drop. However the skiing is better from north to south, since Diamond head descent is preferable to a descent of the Black tusk trail. However the description here is the normal route, from south to north.

Starting from the Diamond Head parking lot, ski up the Elfin Lakes trail, past Red Heather Hut, then continue climbing. There will be lots of tracks from people doing day trips. At Red Heather hut, the orange wands start, which lead you up and around the south side of Round Mountain. The rangers mark this winter route with 3...

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