Robin, Mark, Andre, Steve and I did an awesome horsehoe of Corrie Creek, heading up the Helm Glacier and then back north along Corrie Peak before dropping east to Corrie Lake. The day begins with gradual switchbacks, and before long you’re up in the alpine and enjoying endless rambling for a kilometres along the ridge from Gentian to the end of Corrie. Another highly recommended daytrip!
Sept 1, 2010
The Black Tusk, I’d like to go up there with all the crowds one day, and wait in line to scramble up the chimney, but I seem to always make circles around the more popular and classic destinations. There are still some snow patches here, which might be good for those seeking October turns…
Robin and Mark contouring around the Cinder Cone. The Helm Glacier is visibly in the distance. Once a upon a time it was bigger, but now it’s hardly more than a snowfield.
Some of the terrain on this trip reminded alot of the South Chicoltins. Maybe next summer I should just spend a week or two doing a summer traverse through Garibaldi Park instead of making the long drive up to the Chilcotins.
With the constantly changing weather, and low clouds moving in and out, there were some spectacular lightning conditions making this scree ridge look far more interesting than it would otherwise.
With a view like this one, we had to stop for lunch. The scrambles route goes up the right hand skyline, while there’s a snow/ice climb up the north face of Castle Towers. Another trip I’d like to do would be to circumnavigate Garibaldi Lake, and climb a few peaks along the way, especially some of the more less visited ones.
An important nap time on Gentian ridge, the best cure for Onteribbl-itis and acute mountain sickness.
A very spectacular north face.
Looking back down towards a line of dead trees in Castle Creek.
After a prolonged lunch break, Robin hinted to us that we should probably keep moving if we wanted to make it back to Vancouver in time for a slideshow at his place. In the end, we rambled for too long, and didn’t make it back to Vancouver in time. From Gentian ridge, our route continued northeast for a few kilometres along a broad ridge and over Corrie Peak, with only one section of difficulty, and otherwise classic ridge rambling.
Looking towards Corrie Peak, with Singing Pass in the background. Singing Pass is another spot I’d like to go in the summer, mostly for the good rambling and easy access.
After a brief interruption by the loose rock getting off Corrie Peak, the ridge rambling continued, and even got better! The turquoise lake on the right is Cheakamus Lake. Maybe one day there will be a trail up Singing Creek.
An enormous ridge.