At 2904m, Wedge Mountain is the tallest peak in Garibaldi Park Provincial, which stretches from Squamish to the north of Whistler and is one of the best mountaineering objectives close to Whistler.Book Now
If you have ever visited Whistler, BC, you have certainly noticed the formidable peak that dominates Whistler's skyline: Wedge Mountain. At 2904m, Wedge Mountain is the tallest peak in Garibaldi Park Provincial, which stretches from Squamish to the north of Whistler and is one of the best mountaineering objectives close to 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.
Day 1: We take the classic hike starting at the Valley bottom to the Wedge Hut at Wedgemount Lake.
Day 2: Alpine start, ascending the Wedge Glacier and up its NE Ridge to Wedge's Summit with a Return to the valley later that day.
*Contact us for custom dates, duration and itinerary.
The number one question we get from our guests is, "am I ready?". 99.9% the answer is YES, our guide job is literally to push your ability. If you have some minimum climbing experience and eagerness for a day of adventure, we can make the day for you!
Previous rock climbing experience, in the gym or outside.
Can top rope 5.6 as a minimum
Fitness to be moving for a minimum of 6 hours
Likes being outside
Mount Wedge's Northeast face is a classic snow and ice route with climbing up to 45 degrees, a slew of technical crevasses, and a bergschrund to cross.
Elevation gain from parking: 1500m
Elevation gain on the glacier: 600m
Climb steepness: 45 - 55 degrees
Distance (one way): 10km
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 – Therm-a-rest style or closed-cell foam
Backpack – 40-80 litre capacity
Summit-pack – 20-40 litre capacity (Optional)
Outer layer jacket with hood – Gore-Tex style
Lightweight 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)
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 litres
Walking pole(s) – Optional but helpful for the approach/descent
Gaiters (1 pair) – Optional if built-in paint gaiters or boot gaiters
Lightweight 2 or 3 person tent
Single burner stove and fuel **
Cooking sets (2 pots per 3 people) **
Personal eating utensils – cup, bowl, spoon
Compass and map
Ice axe and technical climbing tool **
Climbing harness – seat harness only **
3 locking carabineers **
1 belay device **
Crampons – adjusted to your boots (1 pair)
Small “thermos” for hot drinks (optional)
Knife – Swiss army style
Tape / Repair kit
**May be supplied by Altus
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