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Garibaldi Neve Trip (Beginner Friendly) · Sat. Mar. 21st - Sun. Mar. 22nd

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Organized by: Spencer Rasmussen.

Start: Saturday, Mar. 21st
End: Sunday, Mar. 22nd
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Mar. 17th, 6:00 pm


According to John Baldwin (who wrote the book on skiing this region) the Garibadi Neve is "THE classic glacier traverse of the Coast Mountain". It's a must-do for every budding backcountry skier.

In the spirit of tradition, we'll be relying on the route description from 1983's A Guide to Ski Touring in the Lower Coast Range, published by our very own VOC. The Diamond Head Chalet is no longer, and we use avalanche transceivers instead of 20m of red cord, but the mountains haven't changed, right?


This trip is beginner friendly in the sense that everyone will be friendly to beginners. This should not be confused with "easy". The traverse is 40km long and requires about 750m elevation gain per day with an overnight pack. Moderate slopes and well-graded switchbacks will be the most difficult skiing. You should have at least been on backcountry skis before, and summer backpacking experience will be very helpful. 

The gear list is here, and you'll need all the personal items on it. We will also bring harnesses, though we will not likely rope up. I highly recommend helmets for skiing down through the trees.

It will only run if the avalanche forecast is Moderate or lower and the weather is clear. If not, we'll just head to Sphinx. 

This trip will take place on the traditional, unceded territory of the Squamish nation

EDIT: Since Garibaldi Lake is questionably frozen, this trip will either a) go in and out via Elfin, camping on the foot of the Neve, or b) traverse Elfin to Brohm.

Posted: 2015-01-25 19:13:14
Last modified: 2015-03-16 16:50:38