The other day on the news I saw a story on a company called what3words that I found fascinating. To make a long story short - (check out their site for more details), they have come up with a way to name every square 3m of the planet using 3 word, simple but unique addresses in multiple languages. As with most great ideas, it's an extremely simple mapping between the 3 word address and GPS coordinates. For example, here's the w3w address for Mount Assiniboine: . For anyone who travels regularly off the grid, this is a fantastic new and intuitive way to give very precise coordinates in trip reports etc. Instead of handing out meaningless GPS coordinates which are difficult to translate into a real location, give out the three word address and you're good to go! I've added a field for this address in the map section of my trip reports.
Every time I drove home from the mountains along the Trans Canada highway, I wondered how easy this little bump would be to ascend. It's certainly prominent enough to warrant a name, but it doesn't have an official one as far as I know. Sonny and Raf are two friends who have done it. Raf assured me that it would be a nice short day - something I could do with my family.
On Saturday, May 23 2015 Raf and I decided we were in the mood for an easy scramble. We settled on Waputik Peak on the border of Banff and Yoho National Parks after Raf assured me that the slopes looked dry already a week ago. I couldn't believe there was that little snow already near the divide - but he was right.
On Sunday, April 19th we awoke in -15 degrees feeling pretty darn good with ourselves. The previous day we'd skied into our camp beneath Mount Columbia and even managed to ascend the peak before collapsing into our sleeping bags after a long and hard 17 hour day.
Colin Haley is an elite alpinist based out of Seattle. He uses words like "easy" and "solo" when talking about Robson's Emperor Ridge (although to be fair he did end up bailing and descending the west face on a 60m 5.5mm rope with a scary rappel incident).