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Fresnoy Mountain (2) # 15130

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Date: 2011.08.01
Vantage Point: On the snow slopes just east of Coral Peak and just prior to the steep section of climbing

Caption: Fresnoy Mountain from the southwest

PhotoDescr: The most reasonable access to Fresnoy from the West Alexandra Glacier is off to the left where an obvious couloir drops down through the cliff band to the neve; this couloir can be seen much more clearly in the photo Fresnoy (1) . . . it is the route Reg Bonney and I used in 1997 to ascend this peak.

The summit of Fresnoy can be attained by ascended any of several steep couloirs that break through the rock of the summit block, or, even easier, one can traverse to the right and ascend gentler slopes to the summit shoulder and then traverse back to the right.

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. This photo was taken just below the steep snow section on Coral.

We actually traversed over Coral from south to north and then descended, with some minor exposure, to the ridge that extends off to towers on the far left (out of sight); we descended slightly below the towers and continued to traverse snow pillows on the far side, eventually regaining the broad southwest snow slope of Fresnoy - this is where we started having serious problems since the snow was so deep and so mushed up that we were post-holing most of the remaining elevation to the base of the summit block.

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