November 26, 2015
Coquihalla Pass, BC
With less than 25 m of prominence Llama Peak is a mere bump attached to the much-bigger Alpaca Peak in Coquihalla Pass area. This peak is often tagged as a ridge traverse from Zupjok Peak all the way to Alpaca Peak (summer and winter). I did so exactly as a snowshoe trip and earlier in the day I’d already ascended Zupjok Peak.
There appeared to have a big elevation drop immediately after the summit of Zupjok Peak, and after that I got to ascend a bump (unnamed) along the ridge. The travelling was fast thank to the bullet-proof crust layer on the alpine. I barely had to do any post-holing and it felt more like walking upstairs when I put the heel-lift on. There was surprisingly another major elevation loss on the opposite side of that unnamed bump and one roll was particularly steep.
But after that the ascent of Llama Peak from bump/Llama col was nothing more than a mere plod, although the view was generally foreshortened. In short time I arrived at this broad summit. The views were good towards all directions but I knew the next objective, Alpaca Peak, would offer much better view as it’s significantly higher in elevation.
After some obligatory pictures I immediately focused on getting to the next peak, Alpaca Peak.