Ascent of Mount Garibaldi on 2015-05-31

Climber: Mark Smith

Others in Party:Austin D. Smith -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Edward Earl
Duane Gilliland
Craig Willis
Josh Lewis
Adam Walker
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 31, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Garibaldi
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:8776 ft / 2674 m

Ascent Trip Report

See Craig Willis' Trip Report:

Early in the season this peak is often accessed as a ski approach from the south. At the time of our our ascent in May, the Brohm Ridge approach from the north seemed preferable as the road was clear of snow to the "yellow gate." Note that by mid-summer the bergschrund can become a major obstacle to this peak, so ascents before July are advised.

Regarding the drive approach, between Squamish and Whistler, turn off of the highway at the sign for Cat Lake. Follow a maintained dirt road past the Cat Lake parking area. The road soon steepens and becomes quite rough. The road steepens again and requires 4WD to continue the remaining 4+ miles. We stopped at a point about one km short of the "yellow gate" due to some massive potholes. There is a good spot to park and dry camp just shy of the gate, if you can make it that far in your vehicle. Walk down from the yellow gate a little more than 200 vertical feet, then a short ways farther past two chalets. Follow a 4WD road up to Brohm Ridge. The road became snow covered not far past the two chalets, making it unclear how far the road goes. We were passed by snowmobilers who had parked beyond the chalets.

Approximate elevations in meters and feet
Cat Lake Parking, 350, 1150
2WD Access, ~500, ~1640
4WD Parking (dry camp), 1385, 4545
Yellow Gate, 1375, 4510 (just down from 4WD Parking)
Chalets (road elevation), 1440, 4725
Brohm Road End, ~1700?, ~5575?
Brohm Ridge Camp (at glacier's edge), 2035, 6675
Summit, 2675, 8776
Extra Elevation Gain, 200, 650 (each way from 4WD Parking to summit)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5981 ft / 1822 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5097 ft / 1552 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5581 ft / 1701 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4936 ft / 1504 m; Extra: 645 ft / 196m
    Loss on way in:645 ft / 196 m
    Route:Brohm Ridge, NE Face
    Start Trailhead:3840 ft / 1170 m
    Time:21 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4452 ft / 1356 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4052 ft / 1235 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Gain on way out:400 ft / 121 m
    End Trailhead:4724 ft / 1439 m
    Time:8 Hours 30 Minutes

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