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Garibaldi Girls (Panorama Ridge + Black Tusk) · Sun. Aug. 28th - Mon. Aug. 29th
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Start: Sunday, Aug. 28th, 6:00 am
End: Monday, Aug. 29th, 10:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Aug. 24th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: TBD (zoom or clubroom)
Last summer, I was supposed to go on a girls trip to Garibaldi park to do Black Tusk and Panorama Ridge in one weekend. Two days before the trip, I got injured and had to bail. Ever since, this trip and these two destinations have become sore spots for me, so I want to repeat that exact same trip this year. Girls, let's get out and do Panorama Ridge and Black Tusk!
I have booked 3 tent pads (for 12 people) at Taylor Meadows Campground. Bookings for the weekend sold out in under a minute so this trip will be on a Sunday-Monday.
The plan is logistically simple:
Day 1 Panorama Ridge: 22km + 1570m of elevation gain
Leave Vancouver early morning on Sunday towards Garibaldi. Park at Rubble Creek parking lot, hike up to Taylor Meadows (7km, 900m elevation). Set up camp and leave heavy gear, and hike to Panorama Ridge and back (14.3km from the campground and back, with 670m of elevation).
Day 2 Black Tusk: 22km + 900m of elevation gain
The next morning, hike to Black Tusk from the campground, the roundrip is 14km + 900m of elevation gain. Come back to camp, pack up, and head down to the cars which adds another 7km. It's worth noting that Black Tusk is quite steep, and though not technical, there's a bit of scrambling involved to reach the top, which means everyone needs to have a helmet (can be borrowed from the club) and be comfortable with scrambling as everyone is responsible for their own risk management.
The total distance and elevation of this trip is significant (44km + 2500m of elevation), so I wouldn't call this a beginner friendly trip, but an intermediate friendly one. You should have experience with hiking long distances and backpacking and be fit enough for the distance and elevation profile. That being said, we plan to go at a friendly pace and not leave anyone behind. I want this trip to be a safe space and opportunity for women to get more comfortable outdoors, help and uplift each other and build community. Therefore, if you think you're fit enough to do this trip but don't have a lot of experience camping or backpacking, that's ok, send me an email and we can chat.
This trip is for anyone who identifies as a woman. BIPOC and LGBTQ+ highly encouraged to join. If you are not a woman but want to do this trip: there will be many panorama ridge and black tusk hikes planned later in the summer and early fall, so fear not!
Also, the trip is dependent on cars, so drivers will get priority on the signup.