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Attempt on Cornice Peak
Timestamp Free: 2018.10.19 - 15:38:43
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Nelson Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 350m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Some steep tree skiing
A short half day ski trip to Cornice Ridge
This is part of a bigger journey. See Road Trip to Nevada On my recent trip to the Kootenays I had planned to skitour behind Red Mountain ski area. However after a rainy night it was still cloudy and sprinkly and no snow in sight at the base of the lifts. With the unsettled weather it didn't seem worthwhile to carry the skis very far, so I continued to Kootenay Pass where I would have snow at the highway. I had hoped to do a bigger skitour there, but with the long drive from Grand Forks it was almost noon when I arrived and it was raining lightly too. After 5 -10 minutes I decided to head in direction of Cornice Peak. [photo]P1060808.JPG[caption]Cornice Ridge came into view at the low end of the ridge.[/photo]

I could not remember where exactly the trail went, it was not marked, so I headed up the open forest. Just when I saw a bigger open slope in direction of Cornice Ridge a densely forested gully blocked the way and I turned more to the east. There it soon became quite steep with a few bare rock outcrops. I finally followed some old tracks around the end of the ridge onto a small bump. From there several small down and up brought me to the final ridge with the prominent cornice. Part way up I passed an avalanche gun emplacement. [photo]P1060810.JPG[caption]Cornice Peak seen from summit of Cornice Ridge[/photo]

Along the way there were a few sunny breaks but on top of Cornice Ridge the light was quite flat. I could not tell whether there was a cornice on the northside too. I went a bit down to the west, but could only confirm that it seemed very steep. With the questionable weather it wasn't worth risking. There was a cold wind blowing from the east, but a bit down the westside it was reasonably comfortable for...

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