The Black Tusk Climber's Log

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Matt Lemke

Matt Lemke - Jul 26, 2018 8:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2018

Climbed to the real, true summit  Sucess!

Steven and I climbed to the true summit; being only the 3rd party since the 90s to do so. Alpine72 above did it in 2006, and a party was there during the solar eclipse last August. Before the year 2000, this climb was a bit more popular with a few more ascents in the 70s and 80s. The rock really was not that loose, and the traverse through the notch was only 4th class. Way easier than I expected. I have a TR on NWHikers. The summit register here is a real history lesson. PM me if you want photos of the pages. It's full btw so next person who goes should add more paper!

HughBrown - Jul 30, 2017 11:25 pm Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2015

Edge Trip Walnut Grove  Sucess!

Did this hike awhile back with the Edge program at Walnut Grove Secondary. Views are spectacular! Were not allowed to do the scramble, however still good fun with some shale surfing on the way down!


JLuthanen - Jul 17, 2016 2:40 am Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2016

Close enough to the true summit  Sucess!

Made a long day hike from the Ruby Creek TH (started 8:45am), top of the saddle below the tusk 1:30pm, top to within tantalizing reach of true summit and back to saddle 2:30pm, out to car by 6:00pm or so. Long day, but fun!


Arnie777 - Apr 28, 2015 7:56 am Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2014

Black tusk  Sucess!

Great hike and nice little scramble to the summit. Had a cloudless day and the views were endless! Amazing place.


sprosseda - Sep 14, 2012 5:55 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2012

Scramble  Sucess!

Only to scrambler's summit, close enough though. Great view, fun mountain, met lot's of people up there. 7 hrs RT from Garibaldi Lk parking lot. Practically all easy trail with only short section of steep scrambling.


JoshNV - Jan 17, 2012 5:32 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2011

Finally climbed this one in the fall  Sucess!

Solo. Sunrise start from Garibaldi Lake, so I was the only one up there. Great views!! On my way down I met around 20 people who were headed up, all with no helmets, mostly running shoes, and were asking where the route to the top is, as they didn't know.


PaulRomano - Aug 17, 2010 12:07 am Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2010

Difficult route-finding

Made it up to Taylor Meadows and a bit past that, but route-finding became very difficult and without a GPS, this was a no-go especially with cloudy weather that could have gotten worse. There was still about 1.5 meters of snow on the ground around Taylor Meadows. Instead of summitting, we made our way down to Garibaldi Lake which was specatular! All in all an enjoyable hike.


fatdad - Oct 1, 2009 4:32 pm

Cool summit  Sucess!

I and a visiting Aussie buddy climbed this in a day after getting a late noon start from the Rubble Creek trailhead. Nice hike. Really interesting summit but pretty loose. After we descended we saw no less than two other parties try to descend the wrong gully, trundling all kinds of choss. Suprised there isn't a stack of bleached bones at the base.

Linda Breton

Linda Breton - Sep 29, 2008 7:20 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2008

Scrambler's Summit  Sucess!

Done as a day trip from Rubble Creek. We had an incredible clear day for this striking area. It's now one of my favourites!


ClimberMan420 - Oct 11, 2007 11:48 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2004

high camp

From previous summit I knew that there were reasonable places to camp on the top. Amazing sunset followed by a sensational sunrise. A dramatic camp spot indeed.


camerona91 - Nov 24, 2006 4:31 am Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2006

Summer scramble  Sucess!

A nice scramble in a beautiful area. We went to what is commonly considered the summit but not the true summit. I will try that one sometime! (Alpine 72-were you solo or is there nowhere to protect it? Is it really worth doing?)


Alpine72 - Dec 15, 2006 5:12 am

Re: Summer scramble

I was solo, I used 2 ropes to reach the main summit. No point in having a belay since you would being dumping debris all over there head allthough I have heard of it being done. Not sure what you would anchour to either. Is it really worth doing? Well I guess it depends if you want to be amongst a select few to have stood a top the true summit of one of SWBC's most famous natural landmarks? I would never dream of doing it again and hope nobody does it inspired by my trip. There was a summit register and it has been done now and then but not that often.


Alpine72 - Oct 24, 2006 1:23 am Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2006

Climbed the actual true summit.  Sucess!

Climbed the actual true summit. In order to really claim you have climbed this peak a rappel into a notch between the main summit and outers spire is necessary. I then solo climbed the rotting spire to the top shaking in my boots. I then rapped down and used ascenders to regain the main peak. All the while masive pieces of the mountain were crashing down and playing doctor dodge ball was the theme of the day.


osatrik - Aug 25, 2006 6:03 am

OSAT International Climb  Sucess!

Nikki led the first OSAT International Climb in 2005. We camped at Garibaldi Lake, and had wonderful conditions.

Snidely Whiplash

Snidely Whiplash - Feb 23, 2006 4:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2002

Route Climbed: Rubble Creek/Taylor Meadows  Sucess!

A great trail, and absolutely sublime scenery. The chimney is a bit committing, and there is exposure near the top.


Rileywyna - Dec 19, 2005 6:02 am

Route Climbed: Black Tusc Date Climbed: circa 1993 and 1994  Sucess!

Wow, I can't believe I found this Mountain in here. This was the first Mountain I ever climbed. I did it two years in a row. Great summit


cmc56789 - Sep 2, 2004 5:48 am

Route Climbed: Black Tusk Trail VIa Rubble Creek and Taylor Meadows Date Climbed: August 31, 2004  Sucess!

I hiked in to Taylor Meadows and camped for the night. I then had a nice hike to the base of the Tusk. It took me a while to find the correct chimney, since it is a little before the trail ends and not at the very end as my guidebook stated. The correct one is just east of where a climber's trail joins from the west . After finding the correct route however it was a fun scramble to the top. I had great views of the surrounding area of Garibaldi Park, as well as a delicious Kootenay "True Ale". lots of clouds to the west blocking the Tantalus Range. Getting down was a little tricky due to the very loose rock, and confusing network of gullies. I took a wrong one and had to backtrack back up 15 feet or so. Thank you to whoever left candy bar wrappers under rocks for route markers!


Vinny - May 22, 2003 6:37 pm

Route Climbed: from powerline access- Ski ascent to the tower Date Climbed: March? 1998  Sucess!

A race with Adrian.

Good times huffin' our way up the normal route, past the hordes before I knew want line ups of ski tourers look like Euro Style.

The last scramble kept our attention in Tele- boots and does present rock fall danger and false gulley options but is memorable.

I realised then that the view of Garabaldi below had been hanging on my bedroom wall for years before on a SuperNatural BC poster.

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