Llama Peak

November 26, 2015

1914m

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.

The traverse route from Zupjok to Llama to Alpaca

The traverse route from Zupjok to Llama to Alpaca. GPX DL

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.

Looking towards the long ridge traverse to Llama and Alpaca from Zupjok

Looking towards the long ridge traverse to Llama and Alpaca from Zupjok

Partway along the ridge, looking back towards Zupjok Peak

Partway along the ridge, looking back towards Zupjok Peak

Gemse Peak and Reh Peak

Gemse Peak and Reh Peak

The Anderson River Group - Gamuza, Steinbok, Ibex, Chamois, Anderson River

The Anderson River Group – Gamuza, Steinbok, Ibex, Chamois, Anderson River

The bump in immediate front. Llama Peak behind and Alpaca Peak is the big one

The bump in immediate front. Llama Peak behind and Alpaca Peak is the big one

Going up the bump now, note the icy snow

Going up the bump now, note the icy snow

The bump

The bump

Looking ahead towards Llama Peak from the bump

Looking ahead towards Llama Peak from the bump

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.

From bump/Llama col, looking ahead

From bump/Llama col, looking ahead

Looking back

Looking back

Almost on the summit of Llama Peak

Almost on the summit of Llama Peak

Looking towards the forested Zum Peak

Looking towards the forested Zum Peak

The best view is still towards Anderson River Group

The best view is still towards Anderson River Group

Reh Peak in the foreground with peaks west of Fraser Canyon behind

Reh Peak in the foreground with peaks west of Fraser Canyon behind

Gemse Peak in the foreground with Anderson River Mountain behind on left

Gemse Peak in the foreground with Anderson River Mountain behind on left

Steinbok Peak, Ibex Peak and Chamois Peak

Steinbok Peak, Ibex Peak and Chamois Peak

Gamuza Peak in the foreground

Gamuza Peak in the foreground

The Old Settler with Mt. Baird and Mt. McNair on the left skyline

The Old Settler with Mt. Baird and Mt. McNair on the left skyline

On the skyline are Mt. Baker and the rugged peaks on Cheam Range

On the skyline are Mt. Baker and the rugged peaks on Cheam Range

Thar Peak, Nak Peak and Yak Peak - some of the Coquihalla classics

Thar Peak, Nak Peak and Yak Peak – some of the Coquihalla classics

Me on the summit of Llama Peak

Me on the summit of Llama Peak

Another picture of me on the summit

Another picture of me on the summit

Summit Panorama from Llama Peak. Click to view large size.

Summit Panorama from Llama Peak. Click to view large size.

After some obligatory pictures I immediately focused on getting to the next peak, Alpaca Peak.

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