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McBride Traverse - Diamond Head to Whistler - Route Description
Timestamp Free: 2019.10.19 - 14:09:25
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (8 days)     Elevation Gain: 6976m
Difficulty: 4: Steep sidehilling above cliffs, some avalanche, cornice danger
Concise route description including traversing the Garibaldi Neve and the "Musical Bumps". Some discussion of alternative routes.
This is a condensed route description for the McBride Traverse, if you just want a quick description. See also my full trip report, titled Backbone of Garibaldi Park: McBride Ski Traverse which has much more detail about our actual experiences on the same route. Both are written from south to north, and the waypoints are based on our exact route. Just print it out, then mark the route on your paper map, and then consult the specific paragraphs while on your trip. Or you could export it as a .gpx file and import into Memory-map to print your topos. You can also see the route using the GMap link in Bivouac.

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...

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