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The hike in to Semaphore lakes (where we will be camping) is an easy 1.5 -2 hour walk, an elevation gain of 320m.

Depending on the weather and conditions we have the option of climbing Locomotive, Tender and Face Mountains.

Locomotive ascent time is about 3 hours from where we will camp and is an easy ascent aside from some snow slopes and route finding. From the summit of Locomotive, Tender is a short and easy jaunt away.

Face Mountain is a bit more challenging involving more moderate scrambling, the route we will take avoids crossing the Train Glacier, climbing Face should take about 3.5hours to get up.

Gear Needed


  • water bottle (at least 2L, unless you know yourself)
  • headlamp and batteries
  • sunscreen
  • sun glasses and/or goggles
  • map
  • compass
  • backpack
  • pocket knife
  • whistle
  • lighter and/or waterproof matches
  • first aid kit


  • warm jacket (fleece or down)
  • long underwear (top and bottom)
  • toque / hat
  • mitts / gloves
  • weatherproof jacket (goretex or coated nylon or softshell if weather is forecast to be sunny)
  • weatherproof pants (goretex or coated nylon or softshell if weather is forecast to be sunny)
  • gaiters
  • warm pants (fleece or down)

Climbing Gear

  • Helmet
  • Ice Axe


  • Tent
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Sleeping Bag


  • Breakfast x 1
  • Dinner x 1 (stove/pots to cook with)
  • Lunch x 2