The traverse took us 8 demanding days, without a full rest day. Like any route, it could be done faster if one really knew the route in advance, and had exactly the right equipment, and had good weather. But there are numerous legendary Mcbride traverses that took longer than 8 days, so I wouldn't recommend planning on much less.
Day 1 Thursday May 11 - Diamond Head to Gargoyles
On May 11, we met Doug and Sandra at 7:30 AM at the church parking lot in North Vancouver, then drove both their Nissan and our Subaru up to Whistler. Here we left our Subaru in the Singing Pass Parking area and then drove their Nissan back down the highway to the Diamond Head parking lot.
To find the Singing Pass parking area, here are instructions. From the highway, turn right (east) on the main road into the village (Village Gate Blvd), then left (north) on Blackcomb way, and right into the gravel parking lot. Then follow signs directing you left to "Singing Pass parking". Where you park there is a sign saying "Overnight Parking for Singing Pass Permitted in this Area Only".
We finally got started from Diamond Head at about 11:00 AM. There was a band of snow on the trail right to the parking lot, so we could start... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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