A party had been up the day before us and a good track led east, skirting a small bump on the ridge to the col below the final ski to the top. This col is the jumping off spot for skiing "West Ymir", a steep slack-country run that descends into Ymir bowl. We had already crossed the entries for the popular "Prospector" and "Hummer" slack-country chutes.
[photo]ymir_col.jpg[caption]Doug and Robin overlooking Ymir Bowl below the final skin to the summit[/photo]
The above average snowpack in 2012 meant that the skin up the west ridge of Ymir was far easier than normal with all the usual wind-rolls smoothed out and skinning up was as easy as I've ever seen it. After the initial steep climb, the ridge levels out and you cross over the top of a couple of other short but popular gullies (First Choice and Dogleg) that lead into Ymir bowl.
[photo]betsy.jpg[caption]Betsy nearing the summit[/photo]
As seems normal on these trips, bright sunshine gave way to clouds and wind when we sat down for lunch on the summit. Nevertheless, we spent a half hour on top before preparing to descend via a route known as Ymir Peak Bench.
A short but in some conditions intimidating traverse across the east face leads to a notch in the north ridge about 40 metres below the summit. From this notch a prominent and... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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