Vermilion Peak
Banff
July 14, 2003

Despite the long haul up a gully, Vermillion Peak is an enjoyable scramble and impossible to get lost. I was fascinated by the immense flat shale flakes on the ridge crest. I wish though we had clearer views of the surroundings peaks but clouds and haze prevented that. 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.

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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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