Vermillion Peak in Kootenay is a great little summit that is reached with only a few slight obstacles. The route is generally obvious – follow an avalanche slide path to a ridge, and eventually to the summit, however this slide path does not quite reach the present highway, and so the scramble begins with a short bushwhack. After gaining around 40 metres from the highway, one encounters a former road. This can be followed to the base of the slide path. The summit ridge is a little more exposed than I had anticipated from Alan Kane’s guide, however there are lots of good holds, and the toughest sections may be circumvented by either traversing left or right. Hazy skies from forest fires prevailed, but the views were still extensive in any direction.