Wedge Mountain


Description

Wedge mountain, if you have ever visited Whistler BC you have certainly noticed the formidable Wedge Mountain.  This peak is the largest (2904m) of the Garibaldi park which ranges from Squamish to north of Whistler and one of the best mountaineering climbs near Whistler.   The most common Wedge mountain climb is via the NE ridge route; A classic of steep snow and ridge climbing to a terrific summit.  2 days out: day 1 we take the classic hike from the valley bottom to the Wedge hut at Wedgemount lake.  Day 2 we head on the Wedge glacier and up the NE ridge to summit and returning to the valley later that day.

Who for

Intermediate to Experienced mountaineers.  Good hiking fitness and some climbing experience needed.

What’s Included

Guide’s fee, team equipment, transport from Squamish or Whistler, two days of lunch, one breakfast, one dinner.

Dates

June to October

Custom dates, contact us for availability

Price

$1150 per person 1:1 (guide to guest)

$650 per person 1:2 (guide to guest)

+ 5% GST

Contact us for shorter or longer duration trips to Wedge mountain and for cost excluding meals.

Itinerary

Two day trip. (Contact us for custom dates, duration and included costs)

Day 1: Meet in your guide in Squamish or Whistler, travel to Wedgemount trail head, hike to Wedge hut, 1200m/6mk.   Warm up glacier travel practice and climbing protocol.

Day 2: Alpine start, ascend the Wedge glacier to the Northeast ridge of Wedge Mountain. Summit and decent to valley.

Wedge Mountain Equipment List

Please contact Altus Mountain Guides for any questions or expert advice on the best equipment to have.  Let us know what you need on the list before you purchase any gear.  We can lend you gear free of charge or can advise you on the best gear to purchase. 

Personal Gear:

  • Boots – full-leather, They should be well broken-in and waterproofed with snow seal or similar
  • Sleeping bag – good to approx. -5 or -10 degrees Celsius
  • Sleeping pad – therma-rest style or closed-cell foam
  • Backpack – 40-80 liter capacity
  • Summit-pack – 20-40 liter capacity (Optional)
  • Outer layer jacket with hood – Gore-Tex style
  • Light weight outer layer waterproof pants – Gore-Tex style
  • Lightweight thermal layers – top & bottom, Polypro, Icebreaker, etc.
  • Climbing/hiking pants – nylon, fleece, Schoeller, etc. (1 pair)
  • Gloves (medium weight) – wool or poly-pro (2 pair)
  • Waterproof gloves or mitts (gloves work best) (2 pairs)
  • Warm parka/jacket – down, synthetic, fleece or pile (1)
  • Sweater or vest – wool, synthetic, fleece or down (1)
  • Socks – wool or synthetic blend (2-3 pairs)
  • Toque/warm hat – wool or fleece (1)
  • Sunglasses –  UV block  with good eye coverage (1pr)
  • Ski goggles
  • Headlamp with new batteries
  • Personal 1st aid (blister kit, toothbrush, blister kit, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)
  • Sunscreen – minimum spf45
  • Water bottles/hydration system – minimum 1 liters
  • Walking pole(s) – Optional but helpful for the approach/descent
  • Gaiters (1 pair) – Optional if built in paint gaiters or boot gaiters

Optional gear

  • GPS
  • First Aid Kit
  • Ice ax and technical climbing tool
  • Climbing harness – seat harness only
  • Helmet
  • 3 locking carabineers
  • 1 belay device
  • Crampons – adjusted to your boots (1 pair)
  • Small “thermos” for hot drinks (optional)
  • Knife – Swiss army style
  • Personal eating utensils – cup, bowl, spoon
  • Tape / Repair kit