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Default Tantalus Conditions June 7th (Serratus)

June 7th - Climbed up the Southwest Couloir/Spur and then descended a bit of the East Ride before dropping down the North Face with a single 30m rap to get from the rock to the snow. ~9.5hrs Cable car-Cable car.



LLW Trail is essentially snow free to the lake. Snow free going around the N side of the lake with intermittent patches starting just before Lambda Lake and continuous just before Russian Army Camp. Quite good snow conditions overall with no slushy slogging. Good time to be up there before the glaciers become a hassle!

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North Side of Niobe - The North Spur is probably one of the coolest scrambles I've done in the Sea-to-Sky. A few patches of snow it looks like.



West Face of Serratus - Scramble route looks snowy but there were tracks up it. Rap route is snow free I think (?)



North Face of Serratus - Super cruisy with all snow. Tracks up the right side.



South side of Alpha looking a bit snowy still.



Dione and Tantalus - glacier looks pretty well snow covered still.



Fresh Bear tracks following the trail almost perfectly from Lamda Lake to Russian Army Camp.
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Awesome shots, that area seems to be so far and remote. Thank you for sharing your adventure.

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Thanks @KARVITK!

Aside from the faff of crossing the river, it's not WAY more of a haul than the Wedgemount area.


I should also note for those considering walking the cable to get across the river. Someone has brilliantly moved the large ball to the cable-car end of the cable so it no longer needs to be bypassed, only the cones.
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You never cease to impress Eric AWESOME! I was just talking about Serratus last week wondering how conditions were.
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Thanks @KARVITK!

I should also note for those considering walking the cable to get across the river. Someone has brilliantly moved the large ball to the cable-car end of the cable so it no longer needs to be bypassed, only the cones.
wonder if you might put up a bit more detail about this crossing. The last time I hiked LLW was about 1976 (Oh man, the years fly by ) . At that time there was a young guy from the squamish Indian band with a nifty power boat to take you across for a reasonable fee.

I'd like to to hike up to LLW again some time, so any info on this cable crossing, or any crossing for that matter, would be much appreciated.

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Thanks @Masiar. Conditions are pretty stellar in the sea to sky right now and the tantalus is no exception.
@xj6response - lots of info on the web about various ways to cross the river. I'm sure a jet boat option is out there or various ways of crossing the cable. I've done it a few ways now and I think paddling across in a canoe is by far the simplest and quickest if you have more than one in your party.
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1. water taxi (Squamish RiverJet - Jay Bicknell)
2. paddle across (Valhalla rates are quite reasonable for rentals)
3. climb across the cable (an example)
4. or my favourite....helicopter!
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1. water taxi (Squamish RiverJet - Jay Bicknell)
2. paddle across (Valhalla rates are quite reasonable for rentals)
3. climb across the cable (an example)
4. or my favourite....helicopter!
Thanks for that! I'd really to get back up that LLW trail some time. I like your last choice.

Last summer We had planned a cool trek up Sigurd pk and onto Sigurd lake, had money all ready to have Blackcomb helicopters pick us up at Sigurd lake. Nice to avoid the downhill agony on our worn out, buggered up knee joints. Alas, their BC Parks permit does not allow landing at Sigurd lake ... bummer

I'm increasingly fond of hiking up and choppering or gondola riding down

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