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Vermilion Peak
Kootenay National Park, Alberta
July 14, 2003

Distance: 9.1 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1250 m

Despite the long haul up a gully, Vermillion Peak is an enjoyable scramble and impossible to get lost. Dinah and I 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.

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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 smooth before deteriorating into a jagged edge

We'll soon be scrambling

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

We regained the ridge before reaching the summit

Dinah relaxes on the summit. Beatrice Peak and Mount Ball appear close by.

Rising to a blunt point across the valley is Mount Whymper

Starting back from the summit

We made our way slowly back along the ridge

We'll soon be off the rocks

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