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Garibaldi Neve Traverse in Summer
Timestamp Free: 2021.01.22 - 22:26:45
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
(2 days) Elevation Gain: 2700m
Participants: Christian Veenstra, Line Veenstra, Roland Burton, Paulo Corti(?), Beth, Mohammad Mohammadnia-Avval, Phil Tomlinson, Ilia Slobodov, Rueben Schulz, Julie Daoust, Ryan Centko, Maria Markov, Phillip LeBillon, Tod, Andrew Silversides, Yanna Martinek, Craig, Gili Rosenburg, Maya Goldstein, Martin Pachel, Lisa Pittl, Lisa' mom, Lisa's dad, Veronika Schmitt and a few others...
Difficulty: 2: Not difficult, although routefinding through the crevasses near the Sharkfin could be tough enough to turn you back around.
A summer traverse of the Garibaldi Neve, going out via Brohm Ridge (so we don't have to swim Garibaldi Lake).
My wife Line and I have gotten in the habit recently of leading large masses of VOCers on longish summer traverses. The summer of 2009 saw two - a trip around the Alcoholic Divide in early summer for just under 30 (also a great trip), and a Neve crossing in late August for a similar number. Traverses make awesome large club trips for a variety of reasons - they usually do something new, even from a familiar trailhed; people with extra energy can bag a sidepeak yet everybody feels like they accomplished "the goal" because everybody completes the traverse; even though it's large your camp usually doesn't bother anybody because it's out of the way; and the group naturally spreads out which avoids bottlenecks at short technical difficulties (which also only need to be crossed one way). And, of course, if you're going to go to the hassle of arranging a getaway car it might as well be filled with drivers. We figured that, by late summer of a low snow year, the Neve would be mostly bare ice - this would speed up the travel because we could just strap on the crampons and go without the need for ropes most of the time. And so we decided to rush ahead and do two traverses that summer, to take advantage of the "good" conditions.
On this trip we were lucky enough to have two drivers willing to go up the day before and do the car shuffle dance; Roland, Mohammad and their passengers left Roland's Sturdy Trooper halfway up Brohm Ridge before hiking down and over to Diamond Head to spend the night at Elfin and get a head start. We caught a glimpse of them well ahead of us on the glacier, but wouldn't catch up until camp.
After grouping up at the carpark the group made good progress up to the shelter, where we found more blueberries than we could possibly consume - even with such...
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