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Vermilion Peak
Banff National Park, Alberta
July 14, 2003

Despite the long haul up a gully, Vermillion Peak is an enjoyable scramble and impossible to get lost. We hiked up the gully and turned right when we reached the base of the shale slope. We followed the base until we found a break and easily scrambled to the crest. The ridge appeared well-trodden, and we found it was usually best to stay on top of the ridge instead of traveling below the crest. I was fascinated by the immense flat shale flakes on the ridge. Unfortunately clouds and haze prevented a clear view of the surroundings peaks.

KML Track


Vermillion Peak from the highway


Starting up the gully


Partway up, the mountain appears


Vermilion Peak seen from the top of the gully. We headed to the far right of the ridge.


We skirted the base of the ridge looking for a suitable spot to ascend


Scrambling up a weakness to the ridge crest


Once on the ridge we followed it to the summit


The ridge transitions to rocks


The ridge starts off gentle before deteriorating into a jagged edge


The summit lies ahead


The ridge becomes narrow forcing us to scramble


There's a precipitous drop on the left side


Dinah looks for a spot to drop down on the right side


We skirted below the crest here


Almost at the summit


Dinah relaxes on the summit


Rising to a blunt point across the valley is Mount Whymper


Starting back along the ridge


We'll soon be off the rocks


82 N/1 Mount Goodsir

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