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Brohm Ridge - Garibaldi/Dalton Dome - Elfin Lakes traverse in summer
Timestamp Free: 2018.01.23 - 21:40:53
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1600m
Participants: <i>Clockwise team:</i> Ben Singleton-Polster, Lara Thompson, Bram van Straaten. <i>Counter-clockwise team:</i> Evan Morris, Piotr Forysinski, Jason Bedard, Stu Masterman.
Difficulty: 3: Complex glacier travel (crevasses, ice falls), ~35 degree snow slope.
Traversed from Brohm Ridge to the Garibaldi-Tent col and to a bivouac below the SE ridge of Atwell. Climbed Dalton Dome the next day, returned to camp and continued to Elfin Lakes and back to car.
After some organization on the VOC message board a group of keen people was formed to try to traverse from Brohm Ridge to Elfin Lakes, climbing the Garibaldi Massif on the way. One party would perform the clockwise traverse starting at Brohm Ridge (us), the other party was going to start at Elfin Lakes. We were all going to meet at the bivouac site below the SE ridge of Atwell (recommended spot in Alpine Select). We would all climb Garibaldi or Dalton Dome (depending on the how chossy the climb on Garibaldi would be) the next day and finish the traverse.

Day 1: Brohm Ridge - Garibaldi/Tent Col - Bivouac
Early start from Vancouver. Followed the Cheekye FSR, Brohm River Road, then Cheekye FSR to gate. Took off from the parking spot at 8.15am, following the Cheekye FSR to the snowmobile hut and up to Brohm Ridge. A truck was parked at the end of the road (apparently they had the key to the gate...). After that followed a faint trail along the crest of Brohm Ridge, climbing a pinnacle along the way. Fabulous views of the Tantalus, Ashlu-Elaho divide, Cloudburst, Squamish-Cheakamus divide and the Garibaldi massif. Still quite some snow on the ground on the ridge. Followed the moraine up to the Warren Glacier and roped up. Continued up to the North Pit Glacer on the northern side of Mt. Garibaldi (saw the gaping bergschrund on the N face). More great views of Garibaldi Lake, Garibaldi Neve, etc., etc. Had lunch at the Tent-Garibaldi col. After a short break we descended towards the Upper Bishop Glacier, going in a south-southeasterly direction from the col. Travel was easy going, until we reached a more broken-up and steeper part of the glacier (icefall). After some looking around we decided to follow some animal footprints...

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