Ascent of Black Tusk on 2017-08-27

Climber: Seán Caulfield

Date:Sunday, August 27, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Tusk
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:7608 ft / 2318 m

Ascent Trip Report

To the scrambler's summit - actual summit about 5m higher but almost unclimbable. We started at 7am from camp at Helm Creek, the day after summitting Helm Peak & hiking to Panorama Ridge. Stunning views along the way, particularly of Black Tusk reflected in a mirror-like lake, then of Garibaldi Lake on the final ascent. The scramble wasn't too difficult, although I would still recommend taking a helmet due to the risk of other hikers knocking rocks down onto you. We were the first people to summit & had the tusk to ourselves for at least 30minutes, the view from the top is stunning. Highly recommend the trail from Helm Creek side (which joins the main Panorama Ridge-Garibaldi Lake trail below the ridge). 9.2km one way from Helm Creek Campground to the top of the Tusk, elevation gain/loss 1,050m.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3445 ft / 1050 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.4 mi / 18.4 km
    Route:Helm Creek-Black Tusk Trail
    Trailhead:Helm Creek Campground  4163 ft / 1268 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Seán Caulfield
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