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Vern Dewit
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p.1 #1 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


A few weekends ago I climbed Mount Assinbioine via the northeast ridge route with a friend. For late September we had amazing conditions - dry rock and very little snow and ice on route. We also climbed Lunette - the peak right beside Assiniboine. Both peaks are over 11,000 feet but Mount Assiniboine is over 11,700 feet and is a spectacular "Matterhorn of the Rockies".

I never though I'd get up this mountain but I'm super-psyched that I did! Here's some shots I managed to grab both before and on the climb itself.

Assiniboine as seen from the Hind (climber's) hut the evening before the climb. We've already done over 4000 feet of height gain to get to the hut and this is the main part of the climb left. It's about 3000 feet up the ridge to the summit from here.






Sunrise from the north ridge. Lake Magog doesn't have a ripple on it!






Spectacular view of the east face off the north ridge. The smokey views are thanks to wildfires in the USA. Needless to say the ridge was a wee bit exposed...






Summit view from Lunette - Wonder and Gloria Lakes far below.







Sep 29, 2012 at 03:15 PM
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p.1 #2 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


The last two shots are amazing. Really love your perspectives of these wonderful mountains. Many of us will never see them from your viewpoints. Really appreciate you posting your adventures.

Harry



Sep 29, 2012 at 03:35 PM
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p.1 #3 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


These are really excellent shots!


Sep 29, 2012 at 03:56 PM
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p.1 #4 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


Super stuff Vern, a wonderful record of your climbs. Some wild veiws on the last two.

Rob



Sep 29, 2012 at 05:30 PM
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p.1 #5 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


Hey Vern, these are great! In fact the last one is spectacular! Well done on the climb and the captures
David



Sep 29, 2012 at 06:25 PM
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p.1 #6 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


Spectacular!


Sep 29, 2012 at 06:34 PM
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p.1 #7 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


Totally fantastic. I like the 4th one best, and the 3rd is amazing too, but imagine the 2nd is pretty cool when blown up big. I was there this weekend last year (in the huts, not on top of the mountain) and this brings up memories.

Just curious, looking at the first pic ... which face did you climb to get up there?

Don



Sep 29, 2012 at 06:42 PM
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p.1 #8 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


Outstanding view of the Canadian Rockies.


Sep 29, 2012 at 07:18 PM
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p.1 #9 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


Wonderful photos! congratulations


Sep 29, 2012 at 07:49 PM
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p.1 #10 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


dwa652 wrote
Just curious, looking at the first pic ... which face did you climb to get up there?

Don


Thanks Don! We climbed the left skyline ridge. This is a 5.5 climb.



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p.1 #11 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


Vern, These are all nice, but the third one with the close ridge for perspective is soo sweet. Print it or regret it. Rick


Sep 30, 2012 at 02:16 AM
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p.1 #12 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


Amazing images Vern. The third and fourth are so dramatically encompassing. The vistas of endless super rugged peaks.


Sep 30, 2012 at 03:31 AM
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p.1 #13 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


incredible vern...i attempted assiniboine twice 40 and 35 years ago and never made the summit. both times storms came in and verglas on the rock...then you had to trudge in 12-14 miles from the end of the rutted spray lakes road and carry up to 75 pounds of gear and pro..ha those were not fun approaches.

beautiful photography and my son would love to do that peak someday. bill



Sep 30, 2012 at 03:06 PM
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p.1 #14 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


nwadventurer7 wrote:
incredible vern...i attempted assiniboine twice 40 and 35 years ago and never made the summit. both times storms came in and verglas on the rock...then you had to trudge in 12-14 miles from the end of the rutted spray lakes road and carry up to 75 pounds of gear and pro..ha those were not fun approaches.

beautiful photography and my son would love to do that peak someday. bill


Thanks Bill. There's actually a much shorter approach from the BC side that we did. (www.explor8ion.com/climbs/assiniboine.html) The drive is longer from Calgary but the approach distance is cut in half. The trade-off is that you have to cross a glacier and there's more height gain.



Sep 30, 2012 at 03:16 PM
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p.1 #15 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


Excellent Vern. Thanks for also providing the narrative...


Sep 30, 2012 at 06:33 PM
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p.1 #16 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


3 is crazy. What views. Good on ya for getting up there

aF



Sep 30, 2012 at 10:37 PM
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p.1 #17 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


Fabulous views Vern I feel funny just looking at them!
Niall



Oct 01, 2012 at 08:34 AM
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p.1 #18 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


Stunning

Tim



Oct 01, 2012 at 09:09 AM
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p.1 #19 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


Stunning images and congratulations on your mountaineering accomplishments! Thanks for sharing.
Keith W.



Oct 01, 2012 at 09:29 AM
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p.1 #20 · Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective


Vern, another set of stunning shots, you do some pretty amazing climbs and the images are just fantastic. Regards,
Dean



Oct 01, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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