Five members of the BC Mountaineering Club successfully completed a five day traverse of the Tantalus Range in late spring. Despite its proximity to Vancouver parts of the mountain range are seldom visited, protected as it were, by a total lack of roads, a major river, bush, cliffs and glaciers.
Paul Kubik - the putative leader. His ambition is matched only by his folly. His destiny lay with the Lake Lovelywater cable crossing and a four inch steel biner.
Jos Van Der Burg - the six foot three hot house grower from Maple Ridge spends his weekends cooling off in the mountains. His powerful tele-turns proved English Cucumbers are mightier than Voile release bindings.
Blair Mitten - no stranger to mountaineering misfortune. His point-counterpoint critique of the organizer's route selection ensured we didn't return in body bags. Ultimately, the successful conclusion of the trip hinged on a four inch section of hacksaw blade he had carried for ten years in his emergency kit.
Ian Smith - the big wall climber, always with a card up his sleeve. His aces - a grand lead over a snow bridge on the Rumbling Glacier, remounting fractured tele bindings with a hand drill and a nail, Alpine Aire blueberry dessert in the sun at the Red Tit hut. His joker - a late night car shuttle after car keys were lost and all plans fell completely apart.
Gerry Egan - a relative novice mountaineer although a good skier. He proved himself highly capable of sleeping twelve hours a night, except the last, when in typical Lake Lovelywater fashion the evening began to take on epic... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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