Storm Mountain, North Ridge (Attempt)
After my reconnaissance in January, I realized that to gain the North Ridge of Storm Mountain I would have to make a detour around the cliff bands. I returned with Dinah Kruze to try a different approach.
After parking at the Continental Divide Parking lot on Highway 93, we walked a short way down the highway before dropping down to Vermillion River. As we snowshoed down the river I looked for a break in the dense forest on our left. About 600 m from the parking lot we found it. Leaving the river we entered a lightly wooded flat area that led to a steep slope.
Eventually the trees began to disappear and at 2300 m we passed the highest ski tracks. At 2400 m we removed our snowshoes and started hiking up the mostly bare, rocky ridge.
As we climbed, the ridge became narrow, rugged and exposed. When we reached a snow-covered section where it was only a couple feet across with a drop on either side Dinah hung back while I carefully crossed. I continued on only to be soon confronted by a narrow, exposed ridge buried under snow. It was as far as we could safely go. We missed reaching the summit by less than 100 vertical metres.
We spent about half an hour at our turn-around point and then retraced our steps to where we left the river and walked along the highway back to our car.
The North Ridge (mouse over to see how far we got)
Snowshoeing down Vermillion River
We were able to avoid most of the deadfall
Topping out after a steep section
We bear to the right to reach the ridge above us
On the ridge
The trees begin to disappear
The snow begins to disappear too
Storm Mountain behind us
We left our snowshoes behind
Enjoyable ridge walk here
The ridge narrows
Heading to the false summit
Storm Mountain (mouse over for a close-up of the frozen tarn)
As far as I got
Stopped by this narrow ridge – about two feet wide. Not seen in this
foreshortened view, is a drop in the ridge ahead.
Dinah waits for me
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