Girlz Trip to Garibaldi

Nearing the end of the summer, I organized an all girls trip to Garibaldi Park (Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh land) with some friends. Some bailed, others were busy. But the final crew to go was Lucy Luo, Sahar Mavali, Georgia Carswell, Helena Sverak, Mika Yasutake, Kaylie Robinson, Mary MacGowan, Sean Xu, and myself, Melissa Bernstein.

We met Saturday morning at the Rubble Creek trailhead with smiles and bellies full of baked goods and coffee. We hiked up to Taylor Meadows, dropped our bags, hung out up our food, and headed off towards Panorama Ridge, the main objective of day 1. We had great views the whole way and got to know each other better (well I knew everyone of course but you get the idea). Except Kaylie. Kaylie wanted to take a nap at camp and then trail run and catch up. She said her nap was good and the trail run was “incredible”or “glorious” or some other illustrative adjective. She caught up quickly.

Views along the way. Photo by Mika

Views along the way. Photo by Mika

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A lake on the way up. Photo by Kaylie

At the summit, we took some obligatory photos and I spoke with another hiker who had brought a full on lawn chain to the Panorama Ridge viewpoint. I don’t get why people think “glamping” in Garibaldi is a good idea – its not car camping. Oh well.

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Group photo! Thanks stranger :) From left to right. Back row: Lucy, Sahar, Melissa, Georgia. Front row: Helena, Mika, Kaylie, Mary, Sean

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Hiker with his lawn chair. He made good dad jokes. Photo by Melissa

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Mary on Panorama Ridge. Photo by Kaylie

After our photos, we descended down back towards camp, making sure to take in the views and understand the scale of our objective for day 2, Black Tusk! Some brave souls, namely Kaylie and Mary, took a dip in Black Tusk Lake.

Sean posing in front of Black Tusk. Photo by Melissa

Sean posing in front of Black Tusk. Sean brought enough color and style to cover our whole group. Photo by Melissa

Hiking down. Photo by Mary

Hiking down Saturday evening. Photo by Mary

Georgia and Sahar retrieving their food. Photo by Mary

Georgia and Sahar retrieving their food. Photo by Mary

The evening was quaint. Some of us cooked outside, others in the warming shelter. Lucy shared delicious instant noodles and we almost saw another camper’s stove catch on fire – priming a stove is scary! I slept outside #cowgirlcamping and was pretty cozy. The stars were lovely.

We woke up on the second day a little sore but overall excited to do something none of us had done before – summit Black Tusk! We had high spirits as we hiked up above Garibaldi Lake.

Example of high spirits. Photo by Mary

Example of high spirits feat. Kaylie, Melissa hiding and random hikers. Photo by Mary

Snack break with Lucy looking unstoked but feeling stoked! Photo by Melissa

Snack break with Lucy and Sean looking unstoked but feeling stoked! Photo by Melissa

 

Another hiking photo by Melissa

Another hiking photo by Melissa

Hiking up the scree. Photo by Georgia

Hiking up the scree. Helmets on. Photo by Georgia

Traversing around to the chutes. Photo by Lucy

Traversing around to the chutes. Photo by Lucy

At the base of the chute, Kaylie went over safety – mainly keep your helmets on and watch out for falling rock. We decided an order, starting with Kaylie as she has the most climbing experience and confidence. The energy was electric as we encouraged each other up the class 3 scrambling. It was more exposed and loose than the majority of us had climbed before. It felt like we were encouraging each other more than we individually felt in confidence. That’s the power of group dynamics <3

Kaylie leads. Photo by Mika

Kaylie leads. Photo by Mika

Waiting our turns. Photo by Lucy

Waiting our turns. Photo by Lucy

 

Helena makes it to the summit first. Photo by Kaylie

Helena makes it to the summit first. Photo by Kaylie

Me (Melissa) in the "squeeze". Photo by Sean

Me (Melissa) in the “squeeze”. Photo by Sean

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The final push. Photo by Lucy

Georgia cheesin at the summit. Photo by Melissa

Georgia cheesin at the summit. Photo by Melissa

Group photo at the top of Black Tusk

Group photo at the top of Black Tusk

Then we befriended two hikers with a drone. At first, I really didn’t want them to fly their annoying mechanical bird around, but then they offered to take photos of us and so we couldn’t say no.

Drone shot 1

Drone shot 1

Drone shot 2

Drone shot 2

We hung out/procrastinated going down.

Kaylie in the bivy camp. Photo by Mary

Kaylie in the bivy camp. Photo by Mary

Lucy looking fresh. Photo by Georgia

Lucy looking fresh. Photo by Georgia

Sahar looking fresh. Photo by Sean

Sahar looking fresh. Photo by Sean

Then we went down.

Mika in the "squeeze". Photo by Melissa

Mika in the “squeeze”. Photo by Melissa

Waiting for our time to go down the chute. Photo by Lucy

Waiting for our time to go down the chute. Photo by Lucy

And down…

With style. Photo by Mary

With style. Photo by Mary

And stretches. Photo by Kaylie

And with stretches. Photo by Kaylie

On the scree on the way down, we bumped into Isaac’s Castle Towers crew. See his trip report here. He talks more about beta than I’m willing to write. If you want beta on Black Tusk, check out his report.

We went down some more.

Still going down. Photo by Melissa

Still going down. Photo by Melissa

And then down some more. We stopped to grab our overnight packs at Taylor Meadow and cruised down the switchbacks. I hate the switchbacks. Eventually they ended, I got to use the outhouses at the parking lot, and all was well.

We said our goodbyes to the other car group, got food somewhere on the way back to town, and slept well.

I must say, writing a trip report 2.5 months after going on a trip is not ideal. The physical exhaustion isn’t there anymore (but the burnout from school is, am i right?) and the memory has faded. Your bag is (hopefully) unpacked and your heart is full. Pictures help remember the lovely trip.

Organizing and going on this girls trip with a bunch of my badass femm friends was a highlight of my summer. I only wish more friends could’ve come (shout out to Settare <3) and the weather was better. Jk (about the weather part only – it was perfect).

 

Till next time,

Melissa

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One Response to Girlz Trip to Garibaldi

  1. Lucy Luo says:

    I had such a blast! Thank you for being a true inspiration Mel <3

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