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Location: BC, Canada Participants: David Brayden, Jenn Brayden, Jenn, Janey Sea, Sam Drove, Paige Sorger, Patrick Latter Time: 3 Days Weather:-15°C | 0°C Distance: 9.5Km Oneway Elevation Gain: 1000m Max Elevation: 1600m Start Time: 5:00pm
Head north on the 99 until reach the Garibaldi Lake turn off near rubble creak.
- Sleeping Pad
- Sleeping Bag
- Stove / Pots
- Long Underwear
- Ski Pants
- Down Jacket
- Down Booties
- Many other small things...
Due to heavy snow on the approach road we were forced to start 2km before the actual trail head, making the the total distance 9.5km one way. Paige was less than excited to have roughly 7 hours of skinning in the dark ahead of us. We arrived at the camp just five minutes before midnight and managed to ring in the new year with some friends and a much appreciated bottle of champagne.
The next morning we awoke to a beautiful sunrise and the peak of Black Tusk being bathed in a orange glow.
At about -15 degrees overnight, the warm sunlight was a welcome addition.
There was a nearby shelter with some tables that could be used to cook with your stove and have lunch/dinner.
Our friends arrived early and had time to dig out seating area which they dubbed the 'Tiki Lounge'
We spent the rest of the day skinning up the meadow and exploring the area.
With the sun setting soon we dug a out a small area to sit and have some cheese and crackers.
There was a small creek nearby that could be used for water. This was the safest/best method, which amounted to fishing for water with a Nalgene.
The ski down back to the car went considerably faster, just 3.5 hours. Amazing, considering Paige has only skied twice before.