Another Joffre Report but a first for me. Taylor, tszil, slalok in 1 day.(Aug/1,2/15) - ClubTread Community

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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-13-2015, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
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Default Another Joffre Report but a first for me. Taylor, tszil, slalok in 1 day.(Aug/1,2/15)

*Sorry for the long post, feel free to just browse the pictures.

We left from Coquitlam at 9am saturday on the long weekend. We arrived late in the day, I think 2 or 3pm. We hiked up to joffre, shifted our bags around, had a couple energy bars and kept going. This was our first time on the route up to the 3 peaks and so we ended up missing the trail dedicated to the tszil/taylor col. Instead we made our own route up the moraine/ridge feature at the top of joffre lake, then cut towards taylor. This regrettably lead us across what seemed like a never ending boulder field - a boulder field whos only purpose, or desire seemed to involve attempting to swallow up our ankles and crush them for amusement.

Nevertheless we finally made it up top, scrambled up the col towards the upper lake and camped there for the night. It was a lonely mountain I have to say, for whatever reason that's how I felt. It was a bit eery as well, we saw a light at the top of taylor at 10:30ish pm, and my friend and I still can't figure out what it would have been as it was shaking in the wind but it wasn't moving in a way that would indicate it was tied to anything.

Anyways. We woke up at 830am, I brought my bag into the tent from the vestibule to packup since there were too many bugs out, but then a mouse ran out of my bag and tried to escape. I was yelling despite the little mouse being cute as hell. Apparently the little thing had tried to make a home in my bag (gross).

Then to make a long story short, we went up taylor, then tszil, then slalok, and back down to the parking lot. Slalok was a difficult climb/scramble and each mountain was difficult to find our route back down. We spent a lot of time looking around for the safest routes down but we still had to down climb quite a few sections. Overall it was a bloody long day but a fun one, and we got down at 8pm. We jogged/walked fairly quickly down the last 5km of the trail from the lakes in 45 minutes which I was pretty happy with considering we had our bags and overnight stuff. Long day but quite the journey and experience. However we were damned happy to get back to our vehicle.

*I'm using this from another clubtread post that I had seen, we took essentially the same route aside from our route origination being at the foremost part of upper joffre lake.



middle lake taking a break. It was 25c out and damned hot to be hiking


first glimpse of the towering and in my opinion menacing peaks of the joffre cirque



A view of the campsites and bottom of the glacier


Borrowing a picture from google, I wish I had grabbed this shot myself


heading up the edge of the tszil/taylor col


Looking up at taylor


Heading down from tszil looking up at slalok. Can't decide which picture I prefer so I included both lol.



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Pictures continued. Sadly my phone ran out of battery on the way up slalok. I only had 5% left at taylor to begin with.

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Up on the edge of slalok, resting, getting food and taking pictures



Captain Morgan type stance going on, I feel the comedy mixed in with the epicness adds and augments the memory lol



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I'm really fond of the picture just below this. It was a a gorgeous view, even though we were surrounded by bugs



Heading down (taken with friend's phone)


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What's with the orange facials? Were they playing hookie and the boss can't see them?
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Ha ha! I was actually going to Photoshop in a Captain Morgan face, but don't have my Mac handy

Otherwise great report.
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What's with the orange facials? Were they playing hookie and the boss can't see them?
Haha not this time but i suppose for general anonymity reasons haha.
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What's with the orange facials? Were they playing hookie and the boss can't see them?
I thought they went a little too heavy with the spray on tan.

Great pictures and TR, this is one of my favourite alpine areas, although it can be busy at times.
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Thanks for the report, very nice!

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Shitty about your camera dying to get any summit shots from the top of Taylor or Slalok. Just curious how is it in 1 day if you camped overnight at the col?



As someone also mentioned I was gonna go with the spray tan comment lol!
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Shitty about your camera dying to get any summit shots from the top of Taylor or Slalok. Just curious how is it in 1 day if you camped overnight at the col?



As someone also mentioned I was gonna go with the spray tan comment lol!

hahaha, the irony being that I'm white as a ghost.

And I wasn't clear on that sorry. We hiked up to the col day 1. then day 2 we did all 3 summits. So I suppose that could be considered 2 days. But we reached the summit of all 3 in 1 day so i suppose it's how you look at it.
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hahaha, the irony being that I'm white as a ghost.
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I wasn't clear on that sorry. We hiked up to the col day 1. then day 2 we did all 3 summits. So I suppose that could be considered 2 days. But we reached the summit of all 3 in 1 day so i suppose it's how you look at it.
thats a 2 day trip in my book. if your trip involves carrying a sleeping bag that you intend on sleeping in, it's an 2 day/overnight trip. If you're on a trip without a sleeping bag and you overnight it, that's an unplanned bivy.
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thats a 2 day trip in my book. if your trip involves carrying a sleeping bag that you intend on sleeping in, it's an 2 day/overnight trip. If you're on a trip without a sleeping bag and you overnight it, that's an unplanned bivy.
Well all i can say is that if i lived in whistler or pemberton i wouldnt have bothered camping. If i drove to mt baker and got there at 5pm then hiked 2km to camp. Then summited and climbed down the next day and headed home would that be 1 or 2 days in your view? Basically day 1 was essentially all driving is my point.

Anyways i didnt say 1 day to brag so 1 day 2 days 3 or 4 doesnt matter to me whatsoever. It was new territory for me and an adventure and i just wanted to share my pictures for anyone interested so take what you will from that.
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hey dude, no disrespect meant.

I was just trying to point out a "metric" that people use.

RE: your Baker question, I would consider it a 2 day trip. I measure it from the time I leave my front door.

Fast and light isn't always enjoyable for me, time spent lingering in the mountains is more fun sometimes than burning through an area for a day. It is about the adventure.
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hey dude, no disrespect meant.

I was just trying to point out a "metric" that people use.

RE: your Baker question, I would consider it a 2 day trip. I measure it from the time I leave my front door.

Fast and light isn't always enjoyable for me, time spent lingering in the mountains is more fun sometimes than burning through an area for a day. It is about the adventure.


I agree it's not about disrespect it just about as trail blazer said the "metric" people use. day trip, long day trip, car camp to avoid the long day trip. or 2 days etc etc. I live in tsawwassen and yes many times wish I lived in Pemberton or Whistler or Squamish to avoid the 3.5hr- 4hr drive back home after a long day trip.

It's still a great trip regardless.
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I missed taylor last year due to losing an hour cowering behind rocks in a massive thunderstorm and then really not looking forward to a 3 hour drive home...T
the more I do it the more I wanna do more car camps the night before.

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