Vermillion Peak

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 […]

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Storm Mountain

I was drawn to this route in Alan Kane’s Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies as it was described as being easier in the early season for two reasons. Firstly, the vegetation is less problematic through the Vermillion Pass burn (a massive fire occurred here in 1968, which has left its mark on the landscape up till today), and […]

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Arnica and Twin Lakes

It is now full on winter in the Rocky Mountains.  Everything in Banff was covered in snow when I woke up, so I decided to take a hike!  Peaks were out of the question, so I headed up to Kootenay for some lake action.  At the day’s highpoint, around 2300 M, there was about one […]

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Mount Whymper

Mount Whymper, named after Edward Whymper known for the first ascent of The Matterhorn (1865) is located 30 minutes Northwest of Banff in Kootenay Park.  Despite its moderate scramble rating, much of the ascent is on downsloping slabs covered in loose rock, and requires much routefinding.  At two points I found myself far off route, […]

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