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Canadian taxicab, Mt. Shark Heliport, BC, Canada
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The hike to Assiniboine goes through the Gmoser Highway, the cliffs above my head. Mt. Assiniboine is the highest peak in Banff NP
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On the right track!
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The Gmoser "Highway," the crux of the route. You traverse ledges with big exposure
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Cairn & the Assiniboine Glacier
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Mt. Assiniboine, aka the Canadian Matterhorn & the Hind Hut (lower left). Our route ascends the ridge on the left
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Sunrise from the N. Ridge of Mt. Assiniboine. The haze was from fires burning in BC
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Beckie on the lower 1/3 of the route. Loose rock everywhere (and other parties knocking it down from above) was the crux of the route
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Typical step on the route. We soloed all but one pitch on the Gray Band. There was a bit of snow, but the rock was dry
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Beckie belaying a pitch up high on the North Ridge
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At the top of the Grey Band. The rock up here was a bit more solid
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On the summit ridge, above the difficult climbing. It's just a 5 minute walk to the summit from here
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Peering into the void, more than a vertical mile to the valley below
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Beginning the descent
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RCR and the incredible corniced East Face of Mt. Assiniboine
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The visceral East Face
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Rapping a steep step up high. We rapped ~4 pitches, all from established anchors
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Tedious downclimbing. The loose rock was forgettable. Lake Magog in the valley below
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The Beckeys. One of the highlights of the trip was hanging out with Fred and his friend Rodger at the Hind Hut
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Staying warm outside the Hind Hut, watching the masses climbing the day after our ascent
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Mt. Assinibione from Mt. Strom
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Beckey in action! Fred descending the Gmoser Highway
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Looking back at Assiniboine from Lake Magog. 30 minutes after this photo was taken, a storm rolled in and covered the mountain in a blanket of snow (and soaked us!)
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Our next adventure: Wiwaxy Peak, taken from Lake O'hara, Yoho National Park. The route we climbed ascends the ridge just left of the shadow in the upper middle of the photo
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Typical climbing on the Grassi Ridge, Wiwaxy Peak. The route is ~300m long, or about 12 roped pitches
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On the Grassi Ridge
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Beckie climbing, with Lake O'hara below
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A steep pitch high on the ridge on perfect quartzite, a nice change from the rubble of Assisiboine
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Beckie at a nice beley ledge on the route
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Taking in the view from the summit