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McBride Ski Traverse
Timestamp Free: 2018.03.17 - 14:29:45
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges / Fitzsimmons Range
  (9 days)
Participants: Ken Legg, Tom Hamilton, Wilhelm Schulte, Johnny Mikes
Difficulty: 3: Long committing traverse, some cornice danger, steep descents
Concise route description of the McBride traverse from Garibaldi Lake to Singing Pass. Good photos.
May 6-14, 2006 (8 nights)

Day 1 - Rubble Creek to Sphinx Hut
(May 6th, 11:05 - 17:20)

After our Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler group rendezvoused we got dropped off at the the Rubble Creek trailhead and headed up to and across across Garibaldi Lake to Sphinx Hut. The first handful of km were on foot before we were able to put skis on just below Barrier Lake. In this stretch, we were leapfrogging with the Robin Tivy party attempting to go north to south on the Garibaldi Neve traverse.

Day 2 - Sphinx Hut to Mt Carr
(May 7th, 9:30, 4880' - 14:20, 7780') A short grunt up to just below (west of) Mount Carr where we set up camp in pretty much white-out conditions at around the 7800ft level on the edge of a large wind trough.

Day 3 - Cheakamus Glacier, Carr, Davidson (side trip)
(10:00 - 18:45) We had a layover day with mostly decent weather and did a side trip up Mt. Carr, over on to Cheakamus Glacier, and up Mt. Davidson. On the way back to camp we headed over to Castle Towers but by then were totally whited-out and skipped the last 200-300 feet. We exited though a notch just south of Phyllis' Engine as a "short cut" back to camp which resulted in a steepish, cloudy exercise in route-finding.

Day 4 - Mount Carr To Hour Peak
(7:40 - 15:00, 6480') From camp we contoured around to the south and curled down around the end of the ridge south of Carr on a very hard crust where a slip on skis would have been a long way down. Once around the end of the ridge, with a bit of bootpacking we made our way fairly directly down to Gray Pass working around a crevasse or big glide crack that was just starting to be exposed. We wondered if there might not be a slightly better way down to skiers left (to the NE) a hair but didn't look...

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