20140323: Vermilion Peak (Kootenays)

5 am start meant we were already in B.C. and on the mountain shortly after sunrise. Brandon, Mike, Jun, Bert and me.

Youtube video of our trip.

Avy bulletin was "considerable" so we definitely had our kits on us. You can see the avy paths on the adjacent mountain.
Avy bulleting was “considerable” so we definitely had our kits on us. You can see the avalanche paths on the adjacent mountain.
Mt Haffner on the right
Mt Haffner on the right
Jun takes a break
Jun takes a break
Snow obscured the normally expansive view and shrouded the peak in a gorgeous, intimate, misty blanket
Snow obscured the normally expansive view and shrouded the peak in a gorgeous, intimate, misty blanket. It snowed most of the day.
Perfect snow
Perfect snow
Heavily corniced ridge. We made it within 240m (me) and 100m (the guys) of the summit before deciding to turn around. It looks benign but the actual ridge is very narrow; this is all cornice.
Heavily corniced ridge. We made it within 240m (me) and 100m (the guys) of the summit before deciding to turn around. It looks benign but the actual ridge is very narrow; this is all cornice.
The guys took off their snowshoes for the last 240m
The guys took off their snowshoes for the last 240m
Haffner-Vermilion col. The fire happened in 2003.
Descent. Haffner-Vermilion col. The fire happened in 2003.

8.8km, 7hours 18 minutes.

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