As it turned out, she didn't make the summit that day, but she got remarkably high up the mountain. About 100 to 200 vertical metres short of the summit, she decided to stop and wait while Dan and I continued up to the top. After the usual summit chores, we rejoined Michelle, and a lengthy but uneventful descent ensued. Despite being a novice, Michelle proved to be a competent scrambler, and her failure to reach the summit did not deter her from attempting another peak (Middle Sister) the very next day!
|Dan and Michelle hike toward the wide gully just right of centre.|
|Michelle and Dan work their way up through the rock bands.|
|Sonny and Dan stand on the 2845-metre summit of Mount Whymper. Mounts Ball and Stanley dominate the view to the southeast.|
|Dan writes a haiku in the summit register with Storm Mountain in the background.|
|Michelle watches Dan descending a rock step.|
|Dan and Sonny show their disgust at the amount of garbage they picked up along one side of a 500-metre stretch of the Banff-Radium Highway.|