The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Tantalizing Tantalus - Climbing Camp - Tue, Jul 1 2014, Wed, Jul 2 2014, Thu, Jul 3 2014, Fri, Jul 4 2014, Sat, Jul 5 2014, Sun, Jul 6 2014

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PRE-REGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED. Please review the event details carefully, and if registration is required and you'd like to join us, you must sign up at the bottom of this page. Non-member guests must contact the leader (see Notes below) to register. If payment is required for this event, you will be expected to send your payment to the Event Leader - payable to the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.

The Basics:
Event Type:Mountaineering
Event Location:Tantalus Range
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Jul 1 2014, Wed, Jul 2 2014, Thu, Jul 3 2014, Fri, Jul 4 2014, Sat, Jul 5 2014, Sun, Jul 6 2014  8:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 10:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jun 22 2014 10:00:00 PM
Event Duration:6 days
Difficulty Rating:D3: Difficult
Event Leader(s): Amir K
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Member Cost:$600.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
Number Registered So Far: 16 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)


The Vancouver Section is hosting a summer climbing camp to the Tantalus Range, open to ACC members and guests with intermediate to advanced mountaineering skills.

Our base will be at ACC's Jim Haberl hut , at (2073m/6800') elevation in the Serratus-Dione Col, located just northwest of Squamish, BC and about a 6-hour hike above Lake Lovely Water (1160m).

We'll be catered by Theresa Calow. Theresa catered last year's highly successful Lake O'hare camp. She has extensive experience delivering delicious meals that provide an abundance of sustenance to keep even the most ravenous mountaineer licking their lips!

To maximize climbing opportunities, the hut will be accessed by helicopter (fly in+out) with Blackcomb aviation, out of the Squamish airport. Departure July @ 8am. Return Sunday July 6.

This is an unguided camp so everyone is expected to contribute to planning and managing the climbs and camp.

The Tantalus climbing camp is a great opportunity to explore the spectacular granite peaks of the coast range The terrain around the hut is dramatic, full of jagged ridges, tumbling glaciers yielding mixed snow and rock routes of various grades on peaks.

Mount Tantalus (2608m)

Mount Dione (2589m)

Serratus Mountain (2321m)

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Tantalus is a Greek mythological figure, made to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches, with the fruit ever eluding his grasp, and the water always receding before he could take a drink.

Want a worthy mountaineering objective? Look no further! Tackle witch's tooth and down climb chimney-gully. All in all, a full day of adventure on the SE Spur! If that's not tantalizing enough, try your hand at the Kay- Mannix or the west face.

DIONE was the Titan goddess of the oracle of Dodona in Thesprotia, and the mother of Aphrodite by Zeus. Her name is simply the feminine form of Zeus (Dios).

The mountain is only a hair's breath away from Tantalus, located immediately south and less than 1/3 km away. Taken from the southeast divide (its easiest route), it is a class 3 rock climb.

Serratus Mountain, with its jagged ridges, is squeezed between Mount Tantalus to the north and Lake Lovely Water.

It is at close proximity to the Haberl hut. Due to its poor rock, the most popular routes are on the north and west faces that range between PD and AD, with ice and/or 4th class climbing.

To register: Please sign up on iCal and provide your climbing experience, along with your objectives and gear. Your registration will be confirmed after your climbing experience vetted and upon receipt of $678 , payable by June 1st 2014.

Please feel free to contact either of organizers with any question you may have.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Km
Carpool Departure Time: 10:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Vancouver Transit Info


Additional Resources

To get your climbing mojo going by checking out these indispensable resources:

  • Alpine Select, Kevin McLane
  • A Guide to Climbing and Hiking in Southwestern B.C., Bruce Fairley
  • CAJ 1969, p. 76
  • Map Sheet: (1:50,000) 92G/14 Cheakamus River
  • Ridge-Tantalus-Range-near-Squamish-BC-1945
  • Tantalus up close:
  • Alpha/Serratus-Alpha.htm
  • Great pics: h ttp:// Thank you RealaWorld!!
  • Website: (trip reports)
  • The usual websites for climbing reports:,,

- Registration is not complete until you've signed up and, if required, paid in full to the Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Section, either through PayPal, or sent to the Event Leader.
- When a minimum group size appears, this is to let you know that the event will be cancelled with refunds to those who have already paid, if the minimum number of registered participants is not met.
- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.

Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$600.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$650.00/Person
Cost Includes:$599.01 (hut+food+heli) $517.19 (food+heli)
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the ACC VA on Sun, Jun 22 2014.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Etiquette Guidelines!
Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!

Cancellation policy

If you have registered for the camp and for some reason can't make it, let Amir or Suzanne know as soon as possible. Fees will be reimbursed 80% till May 30; 50% till June 15, and 0 after June 15 (unless a replacement is found by the participant; a waiting list will also be kept).

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