President and Vice-President, Field, Yoho National Park - July 29, 2002
elevation: 3138m
approach: Emerald Basin
ascent route: east ridge - YDS grade II
descent route: east ridge
elevation gain: 1830m (from Emerald Lake)
time: 12.5h

elevation: 3066m
approach: Emerald Basin
ascent route: west ridge - YDS grade II
descent route: west ridge
elevation gain: 190m (from President Col)
time: 12.5h

The Presidents appear to the northwest of the Trans-Canada, a few kilometres southwest of Field. The range lies behind Emerald Lake in the middle of Yoho National Park. After a late start due to overcast weather and a "faulty alarm clock", the clearing skies encouraged us to proceed with our planned ascent, hoping the clouds would continue making way for more blue. The Presidents provide an easier climb over a frequently alternating mixture of snow and rock. We headed into the Emerald Basin and up a snow couloir to the head of the glacier. From there, some enjoyable class 3 scrambling over stair-like rock leads onto the glacier, avoiding the steep ice at its base. A pleasant, winding route up the glacier easily leads to the col. A scramble up the east ridge of the President meets the short icy, corniced summit ridge. For the Vice-President, a fun climb on increasingly steep snow leads to the top of the west ridge.
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