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Garibaldi Neve Traverse

Ski Traverse (south to north)

April 7-9, 2012

Franklin Bradshaw, Nick Lyle, Doug Smart, Eric Hvalsoe

Weather: Clear skies, rising freezing level, increasing winds first night. Clouds came and went.

Map (pdf format), GPX track

 

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Prelude

Talking with Nick after John Baldwin’s He asked if I would be interested in a ski tour.  “Sure”, then he said they would be leaving Friday –Oops, I have work Friday and Saturday…  (FYI, this was Wednesday eve).  Thursday morning I managed to clear the calendar and was packed with maps and beta by the wee hours of Friday morning. 

 

Our goal was The Garibaldi Neve Traverse .  Rated as terrain being relatively easy for skiing, with route finding challenges and remoteness making  it an advanced trip.  It is typically done in 2-3 days.  Our plan was to do the traverse south to north.  The traverse starts on the south end at the Diamond Head TH about 14+km up Mamquam Road (Canadian Tire on the corner) from Squamish, BC.  From the winter parking we may have to walk to the TH.  Then up a road to the Diamond Head day use shelter.  From there up over Paul Ridge to Elfin Shelter (sleeps 30).  From the shelter up Ring Creek up around the east side of Garibaldi, avoid crevasses, a few ups and downs and dropping to Garibaldi Lake and the Sentinel Bay Glaciology Huts.  From the huts across the lake to the east side and a night at the Burton/Sphinx hut (sleeps 11).  Last day we planned to head west across the lake past the Battleship Lake Campground and down Rubble Creek to the Black Tusk winter parking.  I was hoping maybe some peaks along the way.  Looked like plenty to be had.

 

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Evening scene on the Sea to Sky

 

BC pre route finding

One member had to work Friday, and we were on the road north by 4:00pm (ish).  We arrived in Squamish while still light, and found the hotel.  Plush lodging with a full kitchen.  Met up with the other car load for a dinner and the Howe Sound Brew Pub.   Plans made Doug and I would leave early for a car drop off at the black tusk trailhead.

 

In the morning our first hurdle was a nearly flat tire.  Filled with air we made the trek speeding past one of BC’s finest, to the road turnoff just past Rubble Creek.  Watch carefully as a sign says 2km and within much less distance the unmarked road.  Up the road a long line of cars.  Turned around at the plow turn-around and parked.  A couple feet of snow gave the promise of a ski back to the car. 

 

About 20 minutes back to Squamish we picked up Eric and Nick.  Subie loaded we cruised looking for an open tire shop.  Canadian Tire was closed.  Back south to Squamish looking for OK Tire near Tim Horton’s.  Finding neither we did what men don’t do…  We stopped and asked directions.  A couple km north and a few turns still no luck.  Luckily out of the corner we spotted a non-descript signage of Ok Tire.  They opened at 8:00 and would be closed Monday.  No waiting the tire was off and being repaired when Doug noticed a shiny object sticking out of his other tire.  That made three nails and screws.  Eric being a boat builder we chided him for planting them in his driveway.  Closer inspection cleared him , not his boat building screws.

 

The day was getting warm and we were lucky to get one of the last spots to park at the Diamond Head TH.  Several other groups of varying sorts were prepping.  Overnight skiers, skate skiers, snowshoers, day trippers…    loaded and moving at 9:45a we were about three hours behind schedule, but a better feeling to not be returning to two flat tires.  The depth of the snow on the road made it un-likely that my car would get within a km of the TH parking on our return.

 

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Diamond Head TH

 

Paul Ridge and mini-skirts

The trail starts as a long gradual road climb.  Within minutes we were thinking of what could we leave to lighten the packs.

 

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Heading up the snow covered road (Doug, Eric and Nick)

 

We passed a couple heading up, then the group of five stripping for the heat.  The guys were down to their long johns and one tall gal decided on a very short red miniskirt.  It was warm, but for me, not that warm. 

 

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Winding through the trees on the road                                                 The Short skirt group blazes by

 

The road winds through trees, scenery improved as the group of five (I forgot most the names –except Rick’s, so we just called them the short skirt group).  The trees open up to more a meadow with several groups going up, down, one group yo-yoing, the Short Skirt group taking a break and near some trees under a pile of snow a day use shelter.   Further up trail near the track a foot or so of an outhouse roof showed.  A lot of snow in this gladded feeling area and nice easy skiing. 

 

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Red Heather Meadow

 

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About to gain the ridge

 

We headed up and left, following the route over and ridge to stunning views of Atwell and the traverse ahead of us.  The route follows along the north side of Round Mt.

 

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Traversing the north side of Round Mt

 

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The snow was powdery and tempting.  I took an interlude to drop the pack and speed up to the summit.  The Skirt Gal was on the summit now looking like Pippi Longstockings with her horizontally stripped leggings and top.

 

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View north from Round Mt

 

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The group on the traverse                                                                                                                      My track up and turns down

 

I had some smooth glory turns down to the traverse track, picked up my pack and motored up and down Paul Ridge finding the group at a lunch break.  Peaceful, wonderful scenery and warm sunshine. 

 

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Paul ridge looking east                                                                                                                           Paul Ridge looking west

 

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The poled route                                                                      Signs way out here?  Not used all this signage

 

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Nick and Eric taking in the views                                                                                                           “Hey Doug, look, it’s Pippi Longstockings

 

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Reports of people heading out were that there were about 60 people at the Elfin hut last night (hut plus 12 tents).  The short skirt group passed again on their two day traverse.  As we made the last short drop to the Elfin Hut they were leaving the hut to try to get to a flat space on the Bishop (Glacier). 

 

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Snow shoe art                                                                                                         First sighting of the Elfin Hut

 

 

Elfin Hut

From a distance the only indication of the hut was the dots of people active around it.  Past the ranger hut to the Elfin Hut nearly totally buried. 

 

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Ranger Hut

 

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Elfin Hut                                                                                                                                                  Walking down to the top floor of the Elfin Hut

 

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Top floor sleeping                                                                                                                                   main floor kitchen and dining

 

The huts were buried deep enough to be 4 or so feet down to the top floor.  The outhouse was almost intimidating down a deep how (and smelling ammonia-ish). The calm of the mountains were not to be found here.  A gaggle of playfully screaming young gals outside were having fun in the snow.  We explored the inside of the hut lit with solar powered lights.  The fully buried outhouse had about 4-5 stalls and also flickering lights.  This place is pretty cushy. 

 

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The outhouse                                                                          Have a tool and rope to get out?

 

We took an hour or so to relax as one member attended to painful feet and others with blister prevention.  Nice to relax in the warm sun, but it felt like the day was flying by as we got started on out trek again ~4pm when we started off down the track again. 

 

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Leaving Elfin Hut

 

Ring Creek and Gargoyles

I had ripped skins for the downhill stretch from the Elfin Hut.  Passed a group of 5(?) heading to summit Garibaldi (helmets, ice tools, pickets…).  The foot deep track went down following the south side of a gulley.  A small ten foot dip in and out of gulley 1 and around a corner.  Screech!  Holy Smokes!  The bank dropped precipitately into the steep walled Ring creek. 

 

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Ring Creek

 

No tracks going down and looking north the entire creek was a nasty terrain trap screaming “no go”.  Nice shade to cool, skins back on I followed the track up and left between gulley one and two.  Taking a break for the groups to catch up I saw that the ski track was close to a quarter mile east (and a hundred feet or so lower) of the regular route.  The track traversed into the second gulley (up on left, slope down on right).  A traversing right up north and out of the gulley and some more up.  Looks like we could have easily come in from much higher and saved an hour. 

 

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Doug coming out of Gulley 2                                                                                                  Looking back to Elfin Hut

 

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Going, going…gone                                                                                                                 Ring Creek

 

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Approaching The Gargoyles chute                                                                         Looking up at the Gargoyles

 

Now paralleling north with Ring Creek far down on the right (east) and soon the avy debris and sun crusted slope of The Gargoyles.  The track was too high so we dropped down.  Not good skiing, a wind crust and varying conditions.  More a zigzag down.  The climbing group ahead of us were also having trouble.  A small gulley to drop into and traverse.  Then a long descending traverse through a debris bowl that curved from north to east. 

 

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Leaving the Gargoyles main avy face to the next                                  Debris field with The Gargoyles above

 

 

The climbing group was gathering their composure talking to another group of climbers heading up from Ring creek.  Doug was not having a joyous time til he found ice had built up in his binding and needed cleaning.  On a tall wind berm a snow shoe track went south then switched north down into Ring Creek.  We took a ski track heading steeply down and north into the creek. 

 

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Eric and Doug getting down the giant wind berm                                 Nick on track, behind Doug off berm and a group of three heading up

 

Again following the terrain then on the left side above the inner creek and up.  The track split.  Up and left the climb group ascended.  We took the right fork following the creek. 

 

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Looing south down Ring Creek                                                                                                               And north up Ring Creek

 

Part way up Ring Creek we gathered to look at our options. It had taken longer than expected to get past the Gargoyle and it was 6pm.  Looking at the map it was 800’ up to the flat near the Bishop Gl.  The winds were building and we needed time (and energy) to dig in.  We rose a few more minutes to a flat giant wind berm before the rock/dirt sliding creek walls rose on the left.  Looked like a safe place, though could be a bit of a wind funnel.

 

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Ring Creek Camp                                                                                                                                                                                    Nick having fun playing with his camera

 

Ring Creek Camp - interactive pano

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We packed and dug down a few feet, building a wall on the north.  The winds were from the north, though the forecast had said increasing from the south.  We set camp on the west of the track remembering that wandering east of the track could mean a long vertical drop into the creek.  Nick dug out a nice kitchen, where we melted water and ate dinner.  We took two stoves for this trip, proved to be a good number.  One new generation small Jetboil and a Reactor, both work efficiently in the cold snow environment.  As night fell, so did the temperature and an increasing wind.  Tired from a long day we retired our awaiting sleeping bags.  Stars starting to shine, a promise of a bright full moon and wondering if the tomorrow will be cloudy as predicted.

 

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Morning at Ring Creek Camp

 

 

Day 2, up the Creek

In the night the wind blew brisk from the north and the moon one day past full and bright (“Pink Moon”).  We woke to the dim morning light to watch the morning glow as we ate breakfast and entertained by two Ravens as we broke camp. 

 

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Breaking camp                                                                                                                                        Morning Alpine glow on Atwell

 

We’d be crossing several glaciers and from this point we didn’t know what the conditions would be like, so we donned glacier rescue gear.  Packs loaded and on trail by 8:45a we continued to follow the track up Ring Creek.  Easy ascent and firm track. 

 

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Leaving camp up Ring Creek                                                                                                                  The wind berm we camped upon

 

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Atwell ahead

 

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Looking back –The Gargoyles, Ring Creek and Atwell

 

The route crossed the creek and up the west side of Opal Cone to a nice flat (camp) spot where the Lava and Bishop Glacier Join the Garibaldi Neve (on the map at ~1650m).  And another just a few more minutes up.  Looked like the Short Skirt group and another group had spent the night up here.

 

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Bishop Glacier

 

Top of Bishop Glacier - degree interactive pano

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Up the Garibaldi Neve

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Atwell and the Tent

 

Even with the sun shining the wind made for a cold morning.  Enough to have ascended wearing a down puffy.  As we headed north up the Garibaldi Neve the winds calmed enough to strip and take several  breaks.  The views outstanding.

 

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Still on the Garibaldi Neve

 

Glaciers and peaks as far as the eye could see.  Far down to the south logging roads and clear cuts.  To the west the impressive peaks of Atwell and Garibaldi.  A few dots could be seen ascending the east face of Atwell to the tooth on the ridge. 

 

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Rock Spur up to the South Pitt Glacier

 

Less than an hour ahead of us on the track the Short Skirt crew ascending up a switchback of the “rock spur”.  The biggest difficulty here was the scenery and being stricken by full on shutter delay. 

 

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Wind berm (80-100’ tall)                                                                                                                       Signs of wind last night

 

We took a break at the base of the pitch before the “rock spur” (named on map) for snacks.  Above the pitch we zig zagged up and across the South Pitt Glacier.  So far the only seracs and crevasses were far away and up mountains on our west.  This would not be a good area to route find in a blizzard.  On route is safe and easy.  Off route could be crevasses and 50-100’ drops off wind berms.

 

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Heading up the South Pitt Glacier

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Looking down the South Pitt Glacier                                                                                                      Doug and Mt Garibaldi

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Still up hill, all morning has been uphill

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Atwell                                                                                                                                                     North face (climb route) Mt Garibaldi

 

 

Sneaking in a few more turns

The route stopped climbing and started traversing to “Rock Ridge” on the north edge of The South Pitt Glacier.  This was our high point, so the perfect spot to stop for lunch.

 

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Time for a break, looks like the ups for the day may be done                                                              Another Garibaldi pic with a pair of climbers under the rocks (mid image)

 

Top of South Pitt Glacier (garibaldi Neve) - full 360 degree interactive pano

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I took a quick skin west direct toward Mt Garibaldi.  Up a gradual pitch then the slope flattened.  I went up to a large deeply dug camp for two tents.  Recently used, but no people or gear around.  Up the north slope of Mt Garibaldi I watched a few climbers heading up.  Later at lunch I’d see them further up and another climber coming around the north ridge heading down.  Far to the east a few mountains that had obvious heli skiing tracks.  And a peak to the far east with a gulley that perked the interests…

 

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An inviting chute                                                                                                                                     Checking the map as we prep to finally start downhill –halfway through the trek

 

I had left my camera, gloves and wind shell with my pack at the break spot.  A little chilly I ripped the skins, tucked them in my shirt and made smooth schmedium turns back to the traverse track.  After all morning hauling the heavy pack up, up and up, it was up-lifting to ski unburdened (except glacier travel gear).

 

Weather and glaciers

Sitting on the pack at ~2060m taking in the views, it was hard to get motivated to leave.  Not enough time for any peakbagging, this was more a recon trek than anything.  We slowly got going and a short traverse to Rock Ridge.  Time to rip the skins… now what? 

 

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A track went high up under a buttress and over to the top of The Sharkfin.  Another track came from higher up (west).  A load of tracks went down the North Pitt Glacier (east) Looked like the best skiing.  I’d read the route description and also notes on the maps suggested to be wary of large crevasses and being very careful skiing over any rises.   I took the easy way out.  Not the best skiing, but later would see definitely the safest due to the lower route bottle necking between a few crevasses.  A few nice turns and a traverse over to see the Sharkfin up close and look down (north into the Warren Glacier.

 

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Traversing to The Sharkfin (on left)

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The Sharkfin and looking north down the Warren Glacier

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The ski route through the crevasses                                                                                                                      Skiing under The Sharkfin

 

The skies had filled with clouds and some peaks were partially obscured by the clouds.  The day had changed, but still dry. Way NE in the direction we were heading the sky looked very dark and possibly wet.  Uh, oh…

 

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Now time to go up again. The Sharkfin upper right, Warren Gl right of it

 

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Giant (30-50’+) cornices                                                                                                                         Fresh Avalanche on Garibaldi –wasn’t there at lunch

 

We skied east under the Sharkfin. The snow very wind affected with some minor challenges.  If the track wasn’t so deep and none going north it would have been very inviting to drop down the Warren Glacier and across the lake at its foot.  From the map (and track in the snow) we could see our next pass. 

 

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Looking south at Mt Garibaldi and The Sharkfin                                                                                    Looking north at Glacier Pikes and the pass to access Garibaldi lake

 

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A gradual easy straight skin up to the saddle on the NW side of Glacier Pikes.  This looked to be the last up of the day.  I again dropped the pack and scooted up Glacier Pike to a wall of octagonal rock mini shafts bare of snow –an interesting feature.  Though a bit wind packed it was nice to ski unburdened by a heavy pack.  The gray skies didn’t help with visibility, time to change from glacier glasses to goggles.

 

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Looking down from part way up Glacier Pikes. Table top mid image, Garibaldi lake and far back Black Tusk

 

 

Sentinel bay

At the saddle we read directions and studied the map.  Far below was obviously Garibaldi Lake and some small dots of some huts.  Others looked like people, but proved to be trees later. 

 

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Table Top                                                                                Black Tusk                                               The Guardian

 

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Octoganol rock pillars                                                             Looking down “Pinball” at Sentinel Bay and Glaciology Huts

 

From the reading the route goes down an easy chute.  Another to the west is supposed to be more challenging and sounded not as nice.  We veered left to try to find softer turning snow.  The slope below looked okay, but I wanted better and ventured east.  A nice gentle pitch looking smooth. But the turns left by others very erratic and zig zaggy.  A test proved a nasty sun crust.  I hiked back up and returned to the west gulley.  It had some good turns.  Second set down took a traverse to find the best snow.  We happily linked turns as far as we could til out of angle.  Nice to cap a long day of uphill with several pitches of turns.  Looking back we admired our tracks in the returned sun.  It was obvious we’d come down Pinball –it was great.

 

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Our tracks down Pinball

 

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Glaciology Huts looking north up Garibaldi lake

 

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The small Glaciology Hut and looking SSE up the Sentinel Glacier

 

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A little slow downward traverse we arrived at the Sentinel Bay Glaciology Huts (1556m) perched on solid glacier scratched rocks.  Nobody in either of the shelters, though one tent set up nearby.  The upper smaller hut was dry with two beds, windows and space for cooking.  The lower hut was larger with five beds, foam mattresses, window and space for cooking.  The sun was out again and if it was later this would be a most welcome place to camp.  Our goal was to visit the Burton Sphinx Hut in Sphinx Bay to see what it was like.  A possibility that it would be occupied.  It was Sunday eve, so maybe most people would be gone. 

 

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The larger Glaciology Hut

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The smaller (upper) Glaciology Hut

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A bit of sitting around then back to the skis and heading down the last gentle pitch toward the lake.

 

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 It was a lot farther to the lake than expected.  Very obvious where it was.  A short steep back literally dropped me onto the lake.  Heels not fixed I almost went face first into the crack at the edge of the water.  Momentum kept me upright and I slid across the crack.  Looking back one of our group hit with a bang –OUCH.  

 

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Sentinel Bay lake edge…

 

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Looking back south up the lake

 

Two tracks led up the lake.  One up the west side to the Battleship CG and outlet. The other along the east shore toward Sphinx Bay.  The flat track was easy gliding sans skins.  It was a long trek, like being on a logging road, but the views better and changing as I made progress with The Guardian on my right.  The last half mile I tried skins. Not as easy in some ways and felt restricted. 

 

Sphinx Bay and where is the hut

The terrain on the right shore leveled to near the lake level and the track went up the bank, over a crack to top on a slight rise.  Behind me the wide flat expanse of the lake seemed to stretch on forever.  In front more flat, no hut, just a few little trees, some skis stuck upright in the snow, two tents on a slight rise and a wide beautiful ski-a-lishus basin surrounding.  Hmmm, we’d promised Nick a bed, even if the rest of us tented it.  Now what the heck?  No buildings.

 

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Sphinx Bay and the Burton Hut area

 

I ventured some of the packed out tracks and found a deep hole with an outhouse door. At least there was an outhouse.  Past several flattened tent areas, then to where the pair of skis stood and another deep hole.  A door at the bottom with a pink G string above the doorway.  It was the hut.  Empty, clean and waiting.  Inside a bench on one side, a long cook surface on the right.  At the end a window and a ledge big enough for 4-5 to comfortably sleep.  A ladder led up to an attic with a window and space for 2-4 more to sleep.

 

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Outhouse                                                                                                                                                Burton (Sphinx) Hut

 

Here I met Jos, he would be staying in the hut.  His group had been skiing the basin east of the bay and remotely set off two wind slab avalanches today.  Not the best skiing due the high wind last night.  The rest of his group were on the slight rise in their camp.  They came down and we exchanged info and stories. They’d come up from the Black Tusk TH and said it was snow all but one very short section.  They had stories about skiing the Barrier, the Switchbacks and other confusing features.

 

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Doug relaxing and taking in the view                                                                                                     Looking west across the lake to Battleship CG

 

Some relaxing and setting up in the hut.  It would be nice if it got wet as forecasted tomorrow to have a dry start.  We found an outdoor kitchen and had dinner and melted water.  A nice sunset as the sun tried its last attempt to burn through the clouds.  No stars tonight, but a bit warmer.  Back at the hut we were joined by Jos and fellow skier Erika. 

 

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The Hut                                                                                                                                                   The outdoor kitchen

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Night shot of the hut

 

A dry night

It was relatively quiet in the hut considering six people.  So nice no snorers.  It was also too warm.  I stripped off layers and had the zipper of the sleeping bag open.  Waking at 6:30 felt late.  We cooked breakfast, packed and  said our goodbyes.  We’d been told 1:20 to cross west to the outlet.  We made a few stops to enjoy the trek as the sun burned the clouds away.  At the west end was the buried Battleship day use shelter and 100m up the hill a winter outhouse.  Another break then to the outlet where Nick decided to see how thick the snow was over the lake.  At the outlet edge was a small open spot and now another the size of Nick’s foot –Oops.  The track stayed on the south side of Rubble Creek dropping down and across the creek to the north.  Here I carried, but would have been better to have left the skins on.  Up for ~100m to an upper trail that sidehilled up and down –mostly down.  I passed where many had dropped down –would have been easiest exit.  The trail led to the gulley on the north of the lake then down it to the NW edge of empty Lesser Garibaldi Lake.

 

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Lesser Garibaldi Lake nearly empty

 

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Barrier Lake (looking east)                                                                                                                     It’s warming up… leaving Barrier lake down the outlet

 

I baked in the sun then we move west to the SE end of Barrier Lake for another break.  The other group passed and we followed them across the south side of the lake and about 100m down the outlet. 

 

The Barrier and Switchbacks

The terrain opened up to a spectacular view of a long cliff to the left and a long ways down.  Looked like good skiing and there were tracks heading down.  Just, how to get to the trail out… 

 

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The Barrier

 

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Taking a break with the other group (Jos, Mary, Dan, Erika and Chris) –Nick as a stand in…

 

Rather than drop down we took a food break with the other group at the top of the Barrier.  Like so many other places we’d paused, it was hard to push on with such scenery to enjoy.  We followed the other group when they left.  From the Barrier viewpoint a short skin back north to the trail.  Here we stripped the skins and stowed them.  It was all downhill now and the trail was well smoothed.  A little diagonal ski sliding helped to control speed.  Near the top we passed another group (of two) taking a break in the trees. Then the trail started to drop… good going, but the legs were feeling tired from the weight.  Switchback after switchback, down, down, down.  I took a break with Jos as other arrived.  Then onward.  I was warned that the next stretch had some knarly switchbacks to watch for.  They were right.  I think some people took off their skis.  A couple spots gave me a brief pause and a definite tight pivot turn.  Past the turn off to Turner picking up a lost skin.  To another wait in a sunny spot.

 

The last stretch started out good enough. Smooth trail getting dirtier and softer, then an open stream/rock cross.  Skis back on and time to take them off again.  This time each snow patch was too thin and short to warrant skiing.  Time to shoulder the skis, flip boots to walk mode and a muddy gentle walk to the summer trailhead.  More waiting and trying to decide if I should wait for the rest of the group.  After a bit I decided to wait at the car.  It would be nice to take off the pack a last time and change to clogs rather than boots.  The long snow covered road was soft and sticky from the warm sun.  The air in several places was deceptively warm.  Jos led off creating a slippery track.  When I ventured off it I slowed.  The legs were burning, but kept going.  Some old trenches from a bigger truck trying to get up the road –good sign, an indication the parking area was near.  Around a corner the now empty and almost dry road.  Dropping off the car it had been packed with cars and lucky to find a spot. Now only three vehicles, mine and Jos’s.

 

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Nearly empty parking strip

 

That Is All

Said our goodbyes and got beta on the best Gelato.  I hope in the future to run into these guys again on another trip.  Our group arrived all happy from a great trip.  Loaded up, our next adventure was to get to the Diamond TH again.  This time we joined the hordes of skiers heading home from Whistler.  The road up to the trailhead was in heavy use by mountain bikers.  Some riding up, some shuttling, some taking a break.  It looked like this road and hill was a mt bike hot spot.  From the lower parking we gave a go at getting to the upper parking.  Much of the snow was melted, not all.  Hardest spot was a mud hole.  At the upper lot we again found almost all the vehicles gone and best was that Doug’s car had air in all tires.  This would have been difficult to try hitching a ride back or a taxi.  They’d have stopped much lower on the rock road. 

 

Time to head home. A stop at Save On Foods for crackers, drinks and sushi, then a mellow drive with the usual stunning scenery down the Sea to Sky.  Almost forgetting it was Monday, I was amazed at the lack of traffic and no wait border crossing –for me a first.

 

Thanks for the beautiful tour and great company.

Happy trekking,

Franklin

 

Gear: Skis, skins, shovel, probe, beacon, ice ax, crevasse rescue gear, 30m rope

 

Stats:

Day 2:  8.7m, 8h50min, 3270-1940 ascent

Day 2: 11.1m, 9h10min, 3185-2980 ascent

Day 3:  9.8m, 6h05min,  150-3550 ascent

Total: 29.6m,                    6605-8470 ascent

 

Weather forecast:

Friday night

High: 0. Low: -10.

Partly cloudy. Chance of a snow flurry in the evening.  

Freezing level: drops to the village.

Winds: SW 10-20

 

Saturday

High: 0. Low: -10.

Mostly clear.  

Freezing level: rises to 1600

Winds: SW 10-20

 

Sunday

High: 1. Low: -6.

Becoming mostly cloudy.  

Freezing level: 1700

Winds: S 15-30

 

Monday

High: 2. Low: -2.

Mostly cloudy. Occasional light snow.  

Freezing level: 1800

Winds: S 10-20

 

 

Not our route -route is from GPX file from Bivouac.com

 

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