The Route and Trip: This is a one-day crossing of the popular Garibaldi Neve ski traverse (http://coastmountainskiing.com/neve/ & https://adventuresallyear.com/2021/01/16/garibaldi-neve-traverse/). Plan is to do a group going South to North and another in reverse to minimize car faff and avoid car shuttling. Skiing with a day pack is also much nicer than with an overnight one. If the group is interested, has the skill and is fast enough, a summit of Garibaldi is possible if conditions allow. Each group will have a maximum of 4 participants to keep things speedy.
Difficulty rating: While technically easy for the most part, this is an intermediate trip in that the distance to cover is over 40 km and the elevation gain between 1700 and 2000 m depending on direction. The skiing down the down Rink Ck and the switchbacks (South to North) may be challenging if icy. Most people take anything from 8 to 13h to complete the trip so you need to be prepared for that (mentally and physically!). There’s also some crevasses but usually are not a problem mid winter.
Distance: ~40-50 km trip
Elevation gain: ~1700-2000 m
Requirements: usual ski touring gear for a day trip, reliable gear and some additional group stuff to be shared and discussed at the trip meeting. Emphasis on packing light, but with enough warm layers. Glacier travel equipment. Avalanche and crevasse rescue awareness are necessary, feel free to reach out with any questions.
Carpooling: we’ll take two independent cars if possible, and start at either end to avoid shuttling. Start will be around 5AM to maximize daylight.
Questions for you: please send answers to the following when you sign up:
- How much ski touring experience do you have in days?
- Avalanche and glacier training – what, when, how much have you practiced since?
- Have you been out ski touring recently? Where to? Any ski traverses prior to this, including the Neve?
- Can you drive and how many passengers can you take?
- Willing to lead a group?
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