Robson’s Emperor Face in a Day
Walsh and Wharton left Canmore, Alberta, at 3 p.m. on Friday, drove about 250 miles, and then helicoptered to Berg Lake, below Robson’s northwest side, where they had a short open bivouac. They started climbing at 3:45 a.m. and summited at 8:45 p.m., then continued down the peak’s south side. They took a 2.5-hour break about halfway down, and when it got light they resumed the descent, making it to the road around noon, 40 hours after leaving the car. The round-trip from Canmore was only 50 hours, and Walsh was back at work early on Monday morning.
This is likely the first one-day ascent of the complete Emperor Face to the summit.
“We thought the route was absolutely amazing, and in perfect conditions,” Walsh said. “It was a big two-day weekend!”
Dates of ascent: May 12-13, 2012
Sources: Jon Walsh, American Alpine Journal, climbing.com
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