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St. Nicolas Peak

After solo slogged up Mount Gordon, I re-joined mom on the Icefield, and soon we followed three skiers towards St. Nicolas - Olive col. It's far shorter than the ascent of Gordon. At the col, St. Nicolas Peak looks to be a serious ascent. It's indeed serious. My mom couldn't handle any exposure, so I soloed the rest from the col. The terrain gets steeper and steeper as you moving towards the summit, and the final block looks scarier and scarier as well. I could manage to snowshoe all the way to the base of the crux. Most people would appreciate the protection of a rope for the crux. It's shear wall to your left and very steep snow slope to your right. There's absolutely no room for error. Ice axe and crampons are mandatory. If you want to do it without a rope just like I did, you gotta have some winter difficult scramble experience. The crux is more steep and as exposed as Mt. Lady MacDonald's summit ridge. And don't forget, you have to down climb it. After the crux, you are standing at the summit. Too bad my camera was running out of space (480 photos already for the day)... I had to delete photos that were taken in the morning. I didn't take a full panorama as the view is similar to the view from Gordon. Down-climb the crux is definitely more scary than coming up, but it didn't impose too much of a problem to me. Downhill snowshoeing from the col to Bow Hut is fast. We re-filled our water bottle in the Hut. The rest of the day back to parking lot was a slog.
I got blister on my feet.... Too BAD. I still have lots of energy though. But, due to the blister, I had to go back. So no ascent on Monday...

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My tracks on the summit block
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My tracks on the summit block
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West face of St Nicolas Peak
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West face of St Nicolas Peak
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Me on Wapta Icefield
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Me on Wapta Icefield
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St. Nicolas Peak's NW face
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St. Nicolas Peak's NW face
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Trudging towards the col
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Trudging towards the col
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Looking toward Nick - Olive col
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Looking toward Nick - Olive col
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Me at the col
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Me at the col
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Vulture Peak right of center
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Vulture Peak right of center
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Mt. Gordon
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Mt. Gordon
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St Nicolas Peak
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St Nicolas Peak
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Mt Rhondda & St Nicolas Peak
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Mt Rhondda & St Nicolas Peak
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Collie & Ayesha
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Collie & Ayesha
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Mt Olive
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Mt Olive
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Mt Rhondda
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Mt Rhondda
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Final summit block
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Final summit block
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Near the crux
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Near the crux
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Mt. Olive
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Mt. Olive
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This is the crux...
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This is the crux...
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The summit
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The summit
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Looking towards Bow Lake & Parking lot
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Looking towards Bow Lake & Parking l…
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The shear east face
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The shear east face
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More of my tracks
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More of my tracks
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Looking back at the peak
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Looking back at the peak
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A raven...
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A raven...
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Me pointing on St Nick
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Me pointing on St Nick
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Mt Thompson
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Mt Thompson
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NE face of St Nicolas Peak
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NE face of St Nicolas Peak
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Near Bow Hut
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Near Bow Hut
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Bow Hut
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Bow Hut
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Vulture Glacier
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Vulture Glacier
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