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This trip got its kickoff with Harry's wish to do Rainbow Mountain, which was also high on my list. Trip event was posted, got responses, and we got our group of Devmar (Dean); William, Stephanie, Harry, and myself. A great effort with the pace set by Stephanie... We covered the 8 km to Rainbow Lake in 2 hours and 20 minutes, very good time, with elevation gain of 800 meters. It is a beautiful lake amongst a superb outdoor setting.

We took a 3/4 hour lunch break, and then set off for Rainbow Mountain; the 4.8 km distance covered close to 870 meter gain, and took us 4 hours with the steep and tricky snow slopes, the scrambling, and route finding. Good thing I was tail end at one stretch, knocked a jumble of rocks down... Including the 3/4 hour lunch break also on the summit, the total time for everything took us 12 hours from 9 to 9.. and with enough light, no night-lights were needed.

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Trailhead... to the first "Arch" Bridge:


The first meadow, boardwalk..


Reached the lake, (2 hrs 20 minutes from car)


After lunch, up to the valley leading to Rainbow Mountain.


On the upper slopes: Video view..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnJn0QHus-A

Approach to Summit - see the notch:


Happy Times we reached the summit:


Views from the Summit:


Time to Head Down: Group Below..
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSfNQ...ature=youtu.be

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A rest in the meadows, bottom of the mountain:


Reached the lake, and heading back for the home stretch..


GPS Google Images: starting with overview.. and to the mountain section of the trip:


So ends a great day with 26 km round trip with 1670 meters elevation gain, and the sun generated some good heat on the slopes on our way up.
Thank you to everyone for sharing this adventure, and special thanks to Stephanie as our route finding guide to the summit.

After four + years on my list, this one is done.

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My first summit of the year, what a scramble, and we even had slopes steep enough to boot ski down

Rockin photos, what a trip

part of the group breaking into the alpine rainbow lake trail



south sub peak of rainbow

blackcomb and wedge from rainbow lake trail

cool looking valley on slope of rainbow

creek crossing

tiered waterfall from rainbow lake trail

ice still on the lake

what a beautiful area

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fairly clear start of the mountaineering route, up that valley


beautiful scrambling terrain

rainbow summit route

looking back towards the lake



looking WNW

looking SW

resting

Stefanie way ahead

looking W

getting close to the summit

summit in view

resting before final summit push

whistler and blackcomb

Stefanie explaining the route to summit

stefanie leading the way

happy climber

neat route, not too dangerous

Stefanie starting the final summit push

karl on the final summit push

on the summit

glacier looking east from summit

whistler and blackcomb from summit

cliff protecting summit
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You guys cross the glacier or take the ridge route? I really enjoyed Rainbow Mt.
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You guys cross the glacier or take the ridge route? I really enjoyed Rainbow Mt.
I think neither; they went up the notch halfway between these 2 routes. Lots of snow, so they could walk up. This still walks a bit on glacier, but much shorter than standard route that circles right to low col.

Congratulations Karl and team -- this is quite a long day. This photo is awesome
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Well done!
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Good job! I envy your ability to do this in a single day.
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Great look ing gps tracks Karl
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Nice trip, long day and good distance.
Good going.
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good going guys, we were on the other side, hanging to madeley lakes, not that scenic...
the summit and approach looks good.
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Karl and Harry already posted lots of pictures, so I'll just add a few more:


1. Harry heading up
2. Stephanie and Harry at the glacier
3. Karl at the glacier
4. Looking south-west
5. The summit!

Thanks to everyone for a great day, especially Karl for organizing it and Stephanie for routefinding.
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Yay! Congratulations everyone, this looks like something I'd love to do!
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Harry got his wish(es).

That's a big day and a good peak to tick off.
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Nice going everyone. Nice to see scenery I've never seen before.
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Thank you everyone for your kind compliments and support. It was very satisfying to accomplish that in the good time we did.

Harry, great photo collection, thank you.

Will, thank you for your photos, all enjoyed.

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Fantastic photo and video collection. Highly enjoyable. I have been confused and hence intimidated but now I really got the good feel for this other side of the Whistler Hwy. Looks a bit long but now I am getting enough confidence to try. Thanks very much.
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