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Almost too tough - Conroy-Swift Ski Loop Again
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.03 - 07:38:31
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (2 days)
Participants: Steve Grant, Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy, Dave Williams
Difficulty: 4: Steep descent in trees down 300' to Warren meadows.
A strenuous two day loop on the edge of Garibaldi Park, up Conroy creek, across Clinker ridge, down to Warren meadows, then up Warren Gl and down Old Growth Creek to Swift Creek Rd and out.
This trip could also be called a circumnavigation of the headwaters of Culliton Creek. By whatever name, it goes through some spectacular terrain on the western edge of Garibaldi Park, such as the grand open plateau below the Warren Glacier. I have been on about 5 or 6 trips into this area from different angles. It has a real feeling of wilderness. See Ski Traverse - Conroy Creek to Swift Creek via Old Growth Valley

After the coldest February on record, the snow was in fantastic shape. We used two cars to do the car shuttle: From Vancouver, we drove both cars up the lower Swift creek road and dropped my car at the Woodcarver's Parking Area. We parked at the far end of the property, just before the bridge. All four of us then got into Dave's Subaru Outback and drove back down to the highway, then north on highway 99 to the turnoff for Conroy Creek. We then drove up the short, icy road to the Chek Creek camping area.

The snow where we parked was about 15 cm deep. We put skis on right away and started the long climb up the Conroy creek road. I had initially thought Dave could have driven further, because there were car tracks, but in about 1 km there was a log across the road perhaps 10-15 cm diameter, and the snow was deeper, and there were no more car tracks.

Up and up we continued under bright blue skies and sunshine. Despite the cold temperature below 0, I soon had just my white shirt on, although I had long underwear. The radiant heat of the sun is wonderful. At 1200m we reached the point where on last year's trip we had cut directly NW to the small lake. Dave was way in the lead and continued south on the road. At 1280m, the road does a big dog leg, and at that point one should cut directly east to cut off an unnecessary long switchback...

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