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post #158 of (permalink) Old 02-19-2015, 01:50 PM
Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: North Vancouver, , .
Interest: Exploring BC ... preferably self propelled, self supported with free heels and a free spirit
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Rehab hike to Garibaldi Lake yesterday. Overall, the conditions looked and felt like what you'd see in very late May to mid June in an average snowpack year. Prime for fast travel.

No snow on the drive in. Lots of broken glass in the parking lot.

First snow/ice patches encountered @ Km 4.2 on the trail. Consistent snow/ice by Km 5.5 and microspikes are the traction device of choice. Off trail snow was fully supportive so leave the snowshoes at home unless if you'll be travelling south facing slopes past noon on a sunny day. We won't talk about our skis.

Interestingly, the vast majority of the lake surface is hard ice. I was leery of it being supportive (and would have been of similar mindset to the group that gave the lake a miss after skiing the neve last weekend) but I have it on good authority that the ice is 30 cms thick and a party skied across the lake on Tuesday.

So we have perfect conditions for a game of G-Lake shinny - bring the (speed) skates!!!

ps. Pics below taken from the dock and also in front of Shelter #1 . Note the garbage pile behind Sphinx Hut is bare :O
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