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Lake Lovely Water, Pelops, Serratus. July 2010
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.09 - 16:29:57
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (7 days)     Elevation Gain: 2000m
Participants: Matt Stockinger, Mark Stockinger
Difficulty: 4: Lots of snow, up to 60 deg. 3rd class rock with exposure.
Father & son trip for seven days to the Tantalus Range. Summited Pelops. Climbed to Alpha-Serratus col. Much snow, of poor quality. Learned a lot about crossing the Squamish River.
Sunday, July 11:
Got a late start to the cable crossing. See road access notes for details on that. We chose to stop by the hardware store and bought four C-clamps for the cable, so that we wouldn't have to trash any 'biners--two for us and two for our seven-day packs. They ended up being a nice and safe alternative, but they certainly didn't make the crossing work easier. A big pulley would be very cool.

On the way, we met a team of three who chose to attempt the crossing by standing on the bottom cable and holding on to the top. There were four problems with this method, as they discovered. 1. The first ball on the top cable can be tricky to cross if you don't have long arms. 2. There's a wasp's nest in the first cone after the ball. 3. If multiple people try to cross at once, they can throw each other off balance. 4. Depending on the length of your safety slings, it can be really hard to get back on the cable if you fall. In this case, all three were crossing at once, and one of them got stung by a wasp. She leaned over too far for the others and another member fell. She was unable to get back up on top of the main cable for about an hour. We helped her out, though, and everything was fine. So: walking the cable can be faster, but think it through very well. The Tyrolean option is a sure bet, but a lot more strenuous. [photo]Tantalus_003.JPG[caption]Disaster Happening[/photo]

After crossing the cable, we got a 4:30 pm start up the trail. In our fatigue and hunger, we accidentally followed the first stream bed instead of following the flagging that exits this stream goes up ridge above the Lovely Water drainage. By the time we figured it out, we didn't want to surrender the altitude gained and kept going until 9pm. We spent a lousy night on a bed of...

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