The route documented here includes an optional extra day section across the Garibaldi neve. You can cut this off by starting from from Garibaldi Lake, and climbing up the Sentinel Glacier to connect with the longer route. The other variation worth mentioning is that some parties finish the McBride traverse by coming out over the Spearheads rather than over the Singing Pass route as we did. This again is slightly longer.
Here is the route:
Section 1 - Diamond Head to Glacier Pikes
Plant a car at the north end (Whistler) at Whistler - Parking Lot 5, then drive back down highway 99 and up the Diamond Head Road to start at the Diamond Head Parking Lot. (See waypoints).
From Diamond Head parking lot, ski the Elfin Lakes trail to Elfin Shelter. The summer route on this trail goes west around Round Mountain, and is an hour shorter than winter route. From Elfin shelter, head east above Ring Creek. Cross three major gullies in deep slushy snow, the elevation of the last gulley is 1435m (see waypoints).
After the gullies, continue east at about the same elevation until you reach the point below the Gargoyles where you have... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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