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Mount Garibaldi via Brohm Ridge (Intermediate Friendly) · Thu. Apr. 14th - Fri. Apr. 15th
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Start: Thursday, Apr. 14th, 10:00 am
End: Friday, Apr. 15th, 9:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Monday, Apr. 11th, 5:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Club Room
The goals of this trip are two-fold: to climb Mt. Garibaldi via the classic Northeast Face, and to enjoy and get images of the Brohm Ridge approach while it is still in a relatively untouched state.
For those of you who don't know, Brohm Ridge is likely to soon be the site of the Garibaldi at Squamish all-season resort (GAS). This proposed project just recently passed an important environmental impact assessment, to the surprise of many. There are numerous unfortunate things that will occur if the resort succeeds in its final stages of development including the destruction of large sections of old growth forest, reduction of important mountain goat habitat, and lowering of water levels in the Cheakamus River. Furthermore, the resort boundary will be quite close to the boundary of Garibaldi Provincial Park, allowing easy access to serious terrain, and greatly increasing human presence to a ecologically sensitive area.
Because I have never seen this area which will possibly be changed forever in the near future, I would like to travel through it as it is, at least once. In doing so, we will have the opportunity to take photos and videos which we can use to fight GAS. If there is someone who is keen to help, it would be awesome to put a video together from the trip with some beautiful, untouched scenery, and narration that states the impacts that GAS will have on this area.
We will attempt to summit Garibaldi on the day after the approach. Although this trip can be done in a single day, I would prefer to take some time and enjoy being in an amazing area (it is finals season after all, and I'd like to forget about tests for a bit!). This will give us even more time for exploration and media things. We'll likely camp on the glacier somewhere, make a summit push in morning, and descend in the late morning/ afternoon. We have two options for descent: back via Brohm Ridge, or out via Elfin Lakes for an abridged version of the Garibaldi Neve traverse (we'll have to arrange a car shuttle if we chose to do this).
This trip is intermediate friendly. I would prefer that everyone have AST 1 and G1, but you do not have had to climbed a peak like this before. In fact, if there are enough experienced people, I encourage less experienced people to come along! If you don't have the requisite courses, talk to me and perhaps you can still come along. I'm limiting the number of participants to 8.
We will be skiing in. I'm a bad skiier, and will not ski from the summit of Garibaldi, but some people may chose to do so. Skis are a must, as is crevasse rescue gear, an ice axe, avi gear, and camping stuffs. If you have video and photography devices, it would be great if you could bring them!
We'll need a high-clearance 4WD vehicle to get up to Brohm Ridge.
This trip is also weather/ avi conditions dependent. I can personally do it a couple days on either side if conditions look bad, but these days are the best for me.
Shoot me an email or post here with questions and comments!