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Packing the Spearhead and Garibaldi Neve traverses into one day
Timestamp Free: 2019.10.17 - 11:56:42
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 6200m
Participants: Dan Blaugrund
Difficulty: 3: Possible avalanche danger and lack of visibility.
Doing both the Spearhead and Garibaldi Neve traverses in one day. AKA: a long day out!
Having heard that doing the Spearhead and the Neve back to back on consecutive days had been termed the "Sea to Sky suffer-fest" led me wonder if it would be possible to complete both traverses in one day.

Aside from masochism, and the obvious challenge and subsequent ego boost, a large part of my motivation for this trip was as a learning experience and a trial to make my ski touring as efficient as possible.
  The trip:
Having made my "base camp" in the back of the subaru in the overnight parking in Lot 4, I made a 3 am start skinning up Blackcomb mountain. I highly recommend this as a nice start to the Spearhead traverse. Not that the Spearhead Range is wilderness or anything, but it is nice to start under one's own power and with out crowds -- and you get to be the first one out.
  [photo]EastColDawn.jpg [caption]Dawn from Spearhead East Col[/photo]

[photo]IagoFitzOvlrd.jpg[caption]Iago, Fitzsimmons and Overlord[/photo]

Arriving at the East Col of the Spearhead at 6:30, I set off on the traverse proper. Conditions were great, with a solid base and about 10 cm of unconsolidated snow from last week on top. There were a couple of tracks to follow, so no trail breaking was required. To my surprise, it soon became evident that it was colder than hell (so to speak): -15 deg, and strong gusting winds. Still the sun was out, the skis were clear, and there is a colossal amount of snow, so I was in heaven.
  The Spearhead was uneventful, and there is not much to say, except that it was thoroughly beautiful and enjoyable. Looking out to the South, Mount Sir Richard, Nivalis, and the McBride range beckoned.
  Finished up the Spearhead by coming down Singing Pass trail and was back at the car by 1:30. Threw my sleeping bag and bivy in the pack,...

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