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Coral Peak and Fresnoy Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2020.05.31 - 14:10:40
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1250m
Participants: Rick Collier, Barend Donkers, Don
Difficulty: 2: Some steep snow and a couple of tricky moves traversing the far side of Coral
A group of three ACC folks traversed Coral and Fresnoy as part of a week of climbing at a section camp on South Rice Brook
We were up early and off by 6:00am, ambling once again up the headwall. This time, however, instead of continuing on up the South Rice glacier, we followed a good trail on a shelf SE around the mid-section of Coral Peak that took us over to a snow and ice extrusion from the East Alexandra Glacier (See Glacier); here we had our first good look at Coral Peak (See Coral). Here we put on crampons and made our way easily up to the basin that Reg Bonney and I had trucked across fourteen years earlier, when we had climbed the standard route up Fresnoy (See Fresnoy). And today was a beautiful, warm, sunny day, completely opposite to the day before when we climbed Spring-Rice.

Then easily up the steep snow of the E face of Coral Peak, with Don punching a line of steps straight up the slope; then a fine march on a narrow ridge to the summit (See Coral). [photo]Coral2.jpg[caption]Don posing on the summit of Coral Peak[/photo]

After our ascent of Coral, we traversed, with reasonable exposure on both sides, on tenuous snow and occasional gravel for several hundred meters; after reaching the far end of this north ridge, we descended on loose scree to the Coral-Fresnoy col. A short climb on the north side of a series of towers (See Alexandra) and we were at the long slope leading to the summit of Fresnoy (See Fresnoy). A long post-holing plod (on far left of this photo taken from Queens -- Fresnoy or this one from Alexandra -- Fresnoy) took us up to the summit block of this peak; a bit of steep snow and ice (See Summit) and we were on top, where I found the register Reg and I had left many years earlier, now filled with dozens of names....

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