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The Route from Lake Lovely Water to the Jim Haberl Hut
Timestamp Free: 2017.12.11 - 10:06:02
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (3 days)
Participants: Blair Mitten, Nynke Bokma-Mitten moderately strenuous
Marking out the safest route to ascend to and descend from the new Jim Haberl hut.
On Sunday Nynke and I met Jay Bickwell (604-815-9647) to be ferried across the Squamish River. It was 9:40 as we started hiking. The route through the logging slash has been recently bushed out by some benefactor. We climbed up noting blowdowns and snipping at bush in the slide paths we met (I've never met a slide alder, or devil's club I haven't wanted to snip!) along the way. Arrived at the cabin by four in the afternoon.

Monday morning was raining, but by eleven it dried up and we left for Lambda Lake and beyond. The trail to Lambda is well marked but not easy, with sections of talus, steepness, and a hand-over-hand haul up a fixed line expertly placed at a difficulty. Beyond Lambda the route is sketchier though a keen and focussed eye can easily follow the route up onto the ridge from the south side of the lake. Once on the ridge west of the lake that bears roughly north-west toward the Alpha-Serratus col I renewed faded markings with an eye for the descending party. A key is that when the flat plain big enough for the Russian Army to camp in is reached turn sharply north and work up to the last firs above some tiny lakes and here we turned around as it was late and starting to rain. I flagged a couple of cairns and a fir so that a descending party could pick up the trail from above.

Cairns were noted leading beyond the lakes and I can only assume, with Ron Royston's agreement, that these lead into the traverse of the slopes south of Serratus that are the best route into the Jim Haberl Hut.

Once you travel west of the little lakes you are above treeline in rugged alpine terrain. Rapid weather changes, loose and falling rock, steep snow and ice with crevasses may be encountered. Be prepared and give yourself adequate time to reach the huts or...

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