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One Day Ski Ascent of Trapper Peak from Peyto Lake
Timestamp Free: 2018.11.19 - 10:52:50
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Wapta Icefield
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1780m
Participants: Steven S, Vern D
Difficulty: 3: Steep snow (avalanche) slopes to the upper ridge, threatened by large cornices. Basic glacier mountaineering approach on skis.
A one day ascent of Trapper Peak via the Peyto Glacier on skis from the highway.
Early May, 2015, had been a skier and snow climber's dream in the Alberta Rockies with stable snow conditions and good overnight freezes. Steven Song and I had already taken advantage of this with the summits of two mountains I'd been waiting years to climb - Mounts Collie and Ayesha.

While coming back from Ayesha we had a conversation about the coming weekend and what we could possibly do if the weather and conditions remained favorable. Eventually we settled on a day trip of Trapper Peak. The standard email invites went out and when the dust settled it was once again only the two of us left standing - I sense a theme here. Trapper Peak is not well advertised. Other than a report on the old RMBooks forum and a Google Album there isn't much beta available. The one thing we knew we needed for a safe trip, was stable snow and a good weather report. Both were in play on Sunday, May 11 2014 with a solid overnight freeze, cool temps all day, low-low-low avy risk and the promise of brilliant sunny skies over the Wapta. How could we not go?

(It should be noted at this point, that my wife deserves yet another huge kudos to being cool with me getting up at 02:30 and coming home at 18:00 on Mother's Day. She truly understands what makes me tick and I love her for it.)

Once again I found myself waking up at the ridiculous hour of 02:30 and bombing down the highway to pick up Steven who was sleeping in his car along hwy 1. Considering the time of day, I took some chances with speeding and we made it to the Peyto approach parking lot by around 05:15! Speed does kill though - in this case a cute bunny rabbit paid for my impatience to start skiing. To be perfectly fair to me though, s/he was jay walking across hwy 93 in pitch darkness.

We started the day well, by...

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