Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Garibaldi Peak - May 24-25

This past weekend Julie and I made an attempt at the NE face of Garibaldi Peak in British Columbia. One thing I realized is how much more difficult it is to climb in another country. Weather and avalanche information was a little harder to come by than the 4+ outlets I look at for Cascades weather. For Canada, distances and altitudes are in km and m which makes for in head conversions. We ran into issues on this climb due to the weather not being cold enough and we had some route finding issues. We turned back at a high point of 2050m on what I would call the East Ridge of Atwell Peak. (A sub-summit of Garibaldi.) We set off a good size cornice slide and walked around the glacier a bit before turning around and heading home. It was a tough decision to make not going for the summit, but probably the correct one.

Julie nearing our turn around point. Garibaldi summit is second from right.

Evidence of our cornice release.

Crevasses and ice falls on a glacier.

Beautiful British Columbia mountains.

For Julie's pictures click here: Julie's Pics

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