Peak(s):  Vermilion Pk  -  13,894 feet
Fuller Pk  -  13,761 feet
Date Posted:  05/30/2013
Date Climbed:   05/27/2013
Author:  CO Native
Additional Members:   globreal, sgladbach
 Hope Lake trail up to Fuller Peak and Vermilion   

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After climbing Gladstone the previous day our group was down to three. (View that trip here.) We started out at about three in the morning. Partly because we wanted the snow to be solid and partly because we had a seven hour drive home after the hike.

We hit continuous snow at about 11,000 feet. It did require snowshoes, however was solid enough that once we had the snow shoes on it was fairly easy going.

We thing we were able to stay fairly close to the trail until treeline, but it was hard to tell. Once above treeline the snow was so solid I just switched over to crampons.



The ridge up to Fuller was completely clear of snow. The saddle between Fuller was holding a pretty good sized cornice still. Once beyond the saddle the route stays on the left (south) side of the ridge. We had to do a lot of side-hilling in crampons. Very tiring on our legs but there was some sun cupping starting to form in the snow that made it a little easier.



The final pitch up to and including the summit was completely clear of snow. The last gully to get on the ridge though is full of hard snow, tough to sink your ice axe in there.


My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




Comments or Questions
Jay521

Nice report!
05/30/2013 15:10
Nice report and great pics, Josh.


Rainier_Wolfcastle

Congrats Guys!
05/30/2013 16:45
The Ice Lakes Basin is calling me, but your report still makes me a little jealous about missing out. Yes, the landscaping did get done...

Great report Josh!


Wyoming Bob

Something familiar about the tracks to the saddle
05/31/2013 01:02
Nicely done, looked at that route from the summit of V on Saturday. Kind of neat to read another's report, scope out a photo and see a set of two day old tracks that seem familiar. Well done on Gladstone.


zephyr_pelicante

Nice
06/04/2013 01:04
I've been eyeing these since my very first time in Ice Lake Basin as a teenager.



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