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Overnight Ski touring to Black Tusk (intermediate-advanced) · Sat. Jan. 21st - Sun. Jan. 22nd
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Start: Saturday, Jan. 21st
End: Sunday, Jan. 22nd
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 17th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: The couches outside VOC
Note: Trip has been changed to one night instead
A Black Tusk bivy has been on my mind now for months, Originally the plan was to do it in the summer, but now that its snowing why not tour to it and camp out!
I have given the trip 2 nights and three days in total. This trip can be done in two days however its long, exhausting and the days are very short in January. Access to the Taylor meadows/black tusk meadows is from the Garibaldi lake trail, halfway between Squamish and Whistler. From here we will skin up to the shelter at Taylor meadows. (note this is not a hut, just a small cooking shelter). There is some nice gladed skiing at taylor meadows which we can do that day, then bivy at Taylor meadows that night.
Up early the next morning to start skinning up towards black tusk. Fantastic skiing all around black tusk, the north face is supposed to be particularly good. Whoever wants to can climb up the tusk, there is a rocky gully that you can scramble up however it has been advised against. Crampons and an ice ax are recommended for this scramble. We will then bivy again that night at the base of the tusk (or on top of tusk if you prefer).
Up the next morning for a leisurly downhill ski all the way to the car.
Further details/changes can be discussed at the pre-trip.
**Note that this is not a beginner-friendly trip by any means. Terrain in this area is described as complex which comes with risk of avalance, steep slopes and generally challenging terrain.
AST1 is suggested but not mandatory, previous ski touring experience required, Good sleeping bag/bivy bag are strongly advised**