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Mount Whymper - route # 3500

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Date: 1994.05.10
Vantage Point: From Hwy 93, parking along highway to scramble peak.

Caption: Mount Whymper and an excellent view of the scrambling route. This mountain was affected by the old Vermillion Pass Fire, and many of the dead trees are visible in the picture.

PhotoDescr: The scrambling route goes straight up the slopes to gain the prominent (snow filled) gully directly below the summit. Once near the cliff band directly below summit, it veers left to gain the lower point in the summit ridge (appears as a saddle) about 1 inch left of the summit. From there it goes right to the summit proper. A good time to ascend this route would be when the snow is consolidated enough to be safe, thus making for some good step kicking going up, and excellent glissading coming down.

The original route as shown in Alan Kane's first edition of Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies goes up the slopes to roughly the height of where the new ascent gully starts. From there it went left to gain the smaller snow filled gully on the left side, ascended to the left edge of the lower cliff, then followed the left skyline to the higher larger cliff. From there it went out of view up a narrow gully to gain the west ridge and eventually the summit.

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