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Tantalus and Dione from the East # 6384

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Date: 2003.09.28
Vantage Point: From lookout along Hwy 99

Caption: Early morning view to the west of a luminous alpine divide culminating in Mounts Tantalus (right) and Dione (left) with Witch's Tooth pinnacle jutting up from between.

PhotoDescr: These summits serve up a variety of routes. Dione's moderate and popular SE Ridge route (left skyline), starts behind the ridge from the west, pops onto the crest and follows it along, concluding with a scramble up Dione's sunlit SE Face. Routes on SE Spur of Tantalus (its left-hand ridge) are gained via E ledges and gullies bypass of Witch's Tooth and are other popular climbs on this massif that are visible from the highway. Not to mention exceptional and demanding climbs on Tantalus' long N Ridge (far right) and the formidable unseen west side.

I don't know if the NE/SW-trending forested ridge in foreground leading to the large abutment of rock separating the Rumbling Glacier on the right from the Serratus Glacier to its left has been traveled. It looked very inviting and interesting in this light and I imagined hiking blissfully along it this morning. A quick glance down to hideous "approach gardens" below however, quickly put an end to such foolish idealistic thoughts.

Please refer to McLane's Alpine Select and Bivouac miniguide by Paul Kubik for detailed access, route descriptions and more.

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