Comp - Boxing day blowout at Vermillion Peak
After a relaxing Christmas with the family, it was time to hit Boxing Day hard. Santa delivered some of the new snow that I and many others had asked for, so my brother and I were determined to beat the rush so that we could be the first to ski that snow the next day. Our doorcrashing (trailbreaking) effort paid off as we had a 1000m descent through a burnt forest without crossing any tracks. When new growth started poking through, we could just traverse over to sample a new pitch. Scrambling over the loose scree to try to bag the summit, I got more than I bargained for, but still climbed up to a subpeak, separated from the main peak by a knifedge ridge. The climb is definitely not as trivial as either the new Summits and Icefields or Shaun King’s route description makes it out to be. Definitely not "buy one get one free".