Mount Assiniboine - Climber's Perspective
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Vern Dewit
Registered: Sep 27, 2006
Total Posts: 2422
Country: Canada

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.






chez
Registered: Nov 26, 2003
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Country: Canada

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



Dustin Gent
Registered: Apr 04, 2005
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These are really excellent shots!



Rob Tillyer
Registered: Nov 17, 2007
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Super stuff Vern, a wonderful record of your climbs. Some wild veiws on the last two.

Rob



David Leask
Registered: Nov 19, 2003
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Hey Vern, these are great! In fact the last one is spectacular! Well done on the climb and the captures
David



gdanmitchell
Registered: Jun 28, 2009
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Spectacular!



dwa652
Registered: Jan 17, 2005
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Country: United States

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



dalite
Registered: Aug 13, 2005
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Country: United States

Outstanding view of the Canadian Rockies.



bananabreak
Registered: Jan 21, 2010
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Wonderful photos! congratulations



Vern Dewit
Registered: Sep 27, 2006
Total Posts: 2422
Country: Canada

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.



Rick Schump
Registered: Oct 30, 2007
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Country: United States

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



ckcarr
Registered: Dec 02, 2006
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Amazing images Vern. The third and fourth are so dramatically encompassing. The vistas of endless super rugged peaks.



nwadventurer7
Registered: Sep 11, 2012
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Country: United States

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



Vern Dewit
Registered: Sep 27, 2006
Total Posts: 2422
Country: Canada

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.



Gary Clennan
Registered: Mar 29, 2007
Total Posts: 4831
Country: Canada

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



aFeinberg
Registered: Mar 15, 2006
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3 is crazy. What views. Good on ya for getting up there

aF



nrferguson
Registered: Apr 20, 2004
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Country: United Kingdom

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



Tim Ashton
Registered: Dec 27, 2006
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Country: Australia

Stunning

Tim



kwilliam8
Registered: May 21, 2008
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Country: United States

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



DSC01
Registered: Sep 09, 2010
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Country: United States

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



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