We camped in Ring Creek. It took us five hours to reach the summit. Forty-five minutes were needed to descend the summit pyramid, and then just under two hours to return to Ring Creek.
The description of the route on the summit pyramid, which first appeared in the 1969 version of Culbert's guide, and then appeared unchanged in the 1974 guide, Fairley's guide, and most recently in "Alpine Select" is seriously flawed to the point of being dangerous. Dick does not remember where the description came from but he now says it is definitely wrong and misleading.
PLEASE REVISE YOUR READING OF THE GUIDEBOOK. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS ASCENT ON VERY LOOSE ROCK.
A reading of the description of the ascent of the summit pyramid of Garbaldi gives one the impression that it is a cakewalk. IT IS ANYTHING BUT!!!
In "Alpine Select," it is called "the easiest route to the summit. That may be true as far as reaching the base of the summit pyramid is concerned but having climbed both the routes on the summit pyramid there is no doubt in my mind that the Warren Glacier is easier and, more importantly, safer as far as the summit pyramid is concerned.
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