You must park at the Shannon Falls parking lot rather than starting from the bottom of the Gondola itself. The first part of the hike is along the Shannon Connector Trail which is a huge wide trail. Part way along, we left the trail and climbed over a wooden fence and past a sign that said "no hiking beyond this point". (Because it is a climb). This is the start of the Evac trail Squamish Gondola Evac Trail. It is very steep, so we all imagined that evacuating the gondola would be a major undertaking.
Our route was well marked with ribbons, and soon we were climbing up the steep bluffs just to the south of the gondola. In several places you go right under the gondola. We eventually came to a steep crack with a rope. I didn't use the rope and found one move a bit difficult. I had broken my toe a week earlier and so I was favoring one foot a bit. I suspected this crack would be beyond what Jayne wanted to do. However she almost made it, but then decided to turn around and hike up the regular Sea to Summit trail and meet us at the top at 3:30 PM or so. We had cell phones.
So the three of us continued up. Eventually at 340m the Evac trail crosses the main Sea to Sky trail. Here there were other hikers. I had a fairly heavy pack on with a full water bottle, heavy coat, etc. Most other hikers had only running shoes and a cell phone. One girl flew silently up past me like a deer, wearing only a bikini. She overshot a corner in the trail and soon reappeared to the others in our party, coming down from above.
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