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Coral Peak (Outlier of Fresnoy Mountain) # 15129

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Date: 2011.08.01
Vantage Point: About one km southeast of the summit of Coral Peak and on the W tongue of the West Alexandra Glacier

Caption: The south slopes of Coral Peak (51.98627-117.228759)

PhotoDescr: We ascended Coral Peak as part of a long traverse of two significant mountains on our second day of the ACC (Calgary) section camp in South Spring Rice Brook for 2011: We were up early and off once again up the headwall, part of it by headlamp; but once at the top, we headed right around the base of Coral Peak on a shelf with a good path to the east Alexandra glacier. Easy cramponing from there up to the West Alexandra basin - this was the wide glacial basin that Reg Bonney and I had trucked across fourteen years earlier when we climbed Fresnoy but in a whiteout had mistaken it for Queens. Easily then up the steep snow of the east face of Coral and a fine march on a narrow ridge to the summit, all of this under brilliant sunshine and a bluebird sky.

For some reason this reasonably high peak is not listed in Bivouac even as something like Fresnoy SW1; but it is a serious and pleasant enough peak to be included, which is why I have inserted it under Fresnoy.

The route up the snow to the summit is on the right and follows the line of snow that disappears temporarily behind the brown scree slope of the SE ridge, which could itself easily be ascended.

We actually traversed over Coral from south to north and then descended, with some minor exposure, to the ridge that extends from the centre of the photo off up to the right; we followed the ridge as far as we could with any ease and then traverse snow pillows on the far side, eventually regaining the southwest ridge of Fresnoy.

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