Tantalus Traverse

The unforgettable sea to skyline traverse

The Tantalus traverse is the iconic skyline of the sea to sky area. This 2 days traverse travels over steep granite rock, and wild glaciers all with stunning views of the sea to sky valley and out to the Georgia straight. To keep our packs light we will start with a helicopter flight to the Serratus/Dione col to stash our overnight equipment and dinner. Next, we will head to the north side of the might Mount Tantalus, and start climbing.  A full day surfing the ridge of Tantalus and Dione will bring us to our resting place for the evening. With views from Whistler, Nanaimo to Vancouver this is an unforgettable place to spend the night under the stars. Our second day of the trip takes us up and over Mount Sereratus and Alpha before hitching and a helicopter ride back down to Squamish.

Hands down, one of the best alpine outings in the world.

Overview / Itinerary / The objective / Who For / Dates & Prices

The Goods

Length: 2 days

Starting point: Squamish, BC.

Summit Elevation: 2590M (8497ft)

Season: June 1 - September 1

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 2:1

Style of Climbing: Steep snow and ice

Cost: Starting at $1245 per person

What's Included

What's included

  • Guide’s fees
  • Group equipment
  • Two days of lunch
  • One breakfast, one dinner
  • Helicopter flight - return
  • Photos of the climb 
Not Included

Not included

  • Pre and post valley accommodation
  • Sleeping bag + mat
  • Tent
  • Use of mountaineering boots
Gear list

Gear list

Personal Gear

  • Boots – full-leather, They should be well broken-in and waterproofed with snow seal or similar
  • Sleeping bag – good to approx. -5 or -10 degrees Celsius
  • Sleeping pad – therma-rest style or closed-cell foam
  • Backpack – 40-80 litre capacity
  • Summit-pack – 20-40 litre capacity (Optional)
  • Outer layer jacket with hood – Gore-Tex style
  • Light weight outer layer waterproof pants – Gore-Tex style
  • Lightweight thermal layers – top & bottom, Polypro, Icebreaker, etc.
  • Climbing/hiking pants – nylon, fleece, Schoeller, etc. (1 pair)
  • Gloves (medium weight) – wool or poly-pro (2 pair)
  • Waterproof gloves or mitts (gloves work best) (2 pairs)
  • Warm parka/jacket – down, synthetic, fleece or pile (1)
  • Sweater or vest – wool, synthetic, fleece or down (1)
  • Socks – wool or synthetic blend (2-3 pairs)
  • Toque/warm hat – wool or fleece (1)
  • Sunglasses –  UV block  with good eye coverage (1pr)
  • Ski goggles
  • Headlamp with new batteries
  • Personal 1st aid (blister kit, toothbrush, blister kit, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)
  • Sunscreen – minimum spf45
  • Water bottles/hydration system – minimum 1 liters
  • Walking pole(s) – Optional but helpful for the approach/descent
  • Gaiters (1 pair) – Optional if built in paint gaiters or boot gaiters

Communal equipment: (supplied by Altus if required)

  • Light weight 2 or 3 person tent
  • Single burner stove and fuel
  • Cooking sets (2 pots per 3 people)
  • Personal eating utensils – cup, bowl, spoon
  • Compass and map
  • GPS

Technical equipment (supplied by Altus if required)

  • Ice axe and technical climbing tool
  • Climbing harness – seat harness only
  • Helmet
  • 3 locking carabineers
  • 1 belay device
  • Crampons – adjusted to your boots (1 pair)
  • Small “thermos” for hot drinks (optional)
  • Knife – Swiss army style
  • Tape / Repair kit
Prerequisites

Is this for you?

This is a moderate alpine route that requires moving quickly. Ideal for those who have several alpine ascents and good fittness

  • Previous rock climbing experience, in the gym or outside
  • Have top-roped 5.9 as a minimum
  • Fitness to be moving for a minimum of 6 hours
  • Likes being outside

Itinerary

Day 1: An early meeting at the Squamish Airport for our flight up to the Serratus/Dione col to stash our overnight equipment and dinner. Next, we will head to the north side of the might Mount Tantalus, and start climbing.  A full day surfing the ridge of Tantalus and Dione will bring us to our resting place for the evening. With views from Whistler, Nanaimo to Vancouver this is an unforgettable place to spend the night under the stars.

Day 2: Our second day of the trip takes us up and over Mount Sereratus and Alpha before hitching and a helicopter ride back down to Squamish. Expect to be back in Squamish around 3 pm

*Contact us for custom dates, duration and included costs

 

The Objective

Elevation gain: 2000m

Total distance: 15km

Climb steepness: 45 - 55 degrees

Max Grade: 5.6

 

Scheduled Trips 2021

June 26, 27 $1245 / person

July 10, 11 $1245 / person

July 14, 15 $1245 / person

July 24, 25 $1245 / person

August 7, 8 $1245 / person

Custom Dates contact us

Add-Ons

Warm up session

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Still Have Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he's at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.