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Mount Haffner

After finishing Vermillion, Grant and I continued towards Haffner. Thank the skier group for breaking trail for us, and we could just follow their tracks down to the col, and then up towards treeline. Haffner is very easy compared to Vermillion. Near treeline, I noticed three of them coming down. None of us has seen Kevin P at this time... The slope to Haffner was drier than Vermillion, and we took off snowshoes fairly early. Sugary snow wasn't pleasant to go up, but with positive attitude, we both made to the summit. There were high clouds rolling in from west, but they did create some variation on the views. We definitely don't want the same view from these two peaks..

Again, we didn't stay on the summit, but immediately turned back, slowly worked our way back. Instead of retracing our up line, once we got down to the col, we descended diagonally towards skier's right, and eventually joined our up tracks. I noticed more than one skier's down tracks, so that means none of them were gonna do Vermillion. Grant's snowshoes were too small and he constantly fell in to waist deep. He also didn't have snow baskets on poles... So to travel easier, he had to follow our uptracks down, which slowed down quite a bit. I could just float down the powder snow and that was also easier on the knees. Lower down the slope, the little trees created some problems to us. Both of us constantly fell into weak spots and thus post-holed to waist deep. We still had enough of daylight time so we decided to take our time and descend our uptracks, and eventually made back to car.

I would never thought of successing on both Vermillion and Haffner in early January, on the 4th day in a roll of intense snowshoeing, but this day I did it!

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Vermillion Peak
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Steep slope
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Vermillion Peak
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Stanley Peak
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Mount Haffner
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Vermillion Peak
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The last slope
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Stanley Peak
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Mount Whymper
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Stanley Peak
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Mount Ball
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Floe Peak
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Foster Peak
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Tumbling NE5
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Vermillion River Valley
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Floe & Foster Peaks
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Hewitt & Tumbling Peaks
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The low clouds
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The low clouds
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The low clouds
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Grant coming up the last step
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Grant coming up the last step
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Me on the summit
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Me on the summit
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Grant on the summit
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Grant on the summit
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View through burned forest
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The burned forest
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The burned forest
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