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Blue Skies On The Garibaldi Neve
Timestamp Free: 2020.01.23 - 22:44:22
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (2 days)
Participants: Paul Baker, Keith Thompson
Difficulty: 3: Glacier crossing, possible crevasse hazards and whiteout travel.
A fine ski tour across the Garibaldi Neve, under near perfect conditions, to end the season.
Going into this trip, I was batting zero for two on the Neve over the last three years. For Keith it was something like zero for six over fifteen years. He had been living in Toronto for part of that time, so having moved back to BC last year, he was hoping to get the monkey off his back.

Our latest attempt had been a month earlier when we were shut down by poor visibility on the Bishop Glacier, and had retreated to the hut at Elfin Lakes. I later discovered that the track we had been following that day (until it disappeared into the murk of blowing snow and clouds) belonged to James Floyer, who had been doing the traverse solo. His excellent trip report makes interesting reading.

This time, the forecast was for three days of high pressure, which we felt put the odds in our favor. We left Whistler early Saturday morning, dropped off a vehicle at the Garibaldi Lake trailhead, and continued on to the Diamond Head parking lot. While getting geared up we were accosted by one of the local partridges. Judging from the array of colorful tail feathers on display, he was either trying to scare us out of his territory, or hoping that we might be able to a direct him to a potential mate. Feigning intimidation, we started up the road to Elfin Lakes at 8AM, leaving the feathery Romeo to rule his kingdom in peace.

Since the road was completely bare of snow, we had to hike for about 30 minutes before we could put on our skis. We made good time to Red Heather Meadows, and moving onto Paul Ridge, we were treated to a fine view of [px]atwell.jpg[c]Atwell Peak[/px]. Snow conditions were excellent, so we followed the summer route on the north side of the ridge. By 11:30 we were at the Elfin Lakes hut, where we stopped to eat and re-hydrate.

Next up was to traverse...

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