Ascent of Vermilion Peak on 2017-08-26

Climber: Bo Saunders

Others in Party:None
Date:Saturday, August 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Vermilion Peak
    Elevation:13894 ft / 4234 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked in to Ice Lake Basin the night before. Perfect weather. Climbed Vermilion and Fuller. Did not attempt Golden Horn due to unfamiliarity with the northeast ridge off Vermilion and time constraints since Elsa was waiting for me down at Ice Lake. Pretty clear path to the summit of Vermilion on the southeast ridge and following the Roach guide. The only challenges were (1) the dirt/gravel gully to regain the ridge at the top of the dollar couloir and just below the final pitch to the summit (due to steepness and loose terrain), and (2) the catwalk between the two summit blocks (which wasn't particularly difficult but was pretty narrow and pretty exposed - which took some nerves for me). Fuller was very easy.
South Mineral Trailhead
Start: 3:49pm
Lower Ice Lake: 5:10pm
Ice Lake: 5:55pm
Depart Ice Lake: 6:05am
Vermilion-Fuller Saddle: 7:15am
Summit Vermilion: 7:43am
Vermilion-Fuller Saddle: 8:12am
Summit Fuller: 8:29am
Depart Fuller Summit: 8:43am
Vermilion-Fuller Saddle: 8:54am
Ice Lake: 9:50am
Depart Ice Lake: 10:37am
Finish: 12:39pm
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4335 ft / 1320 m
    Elevation Loss:4335 ft / 1320 m
    Distance:10.6 mi / 17.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4335 ft / 1320 m
    Extra Loss:261 ft / 79 m
    Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Route:Southeast Ridge
    Trailhead:South Mineral Trailhead - Ice Lake Basin  9820 ft / 2993 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 44 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4074 ft / 1241 m
    Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Route:Southeast Ridge
    Trailhead:South Mineral Trailhead - Ice Lake Basin  9820 ft / 2993 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 58 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Vermilion-Fuller (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Vermilion Peak2017-08-26
2Fuller Peak2017-08-26

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