Ipasha Peak, Lithoid Cusp, Mount Merritt

Ipasha Peak, Lithoid Cusp, Mount Merritt

Head on view, from the east, of (L) Ipasha Peak (9572'), and (R) Mount Merritt (10004'), taken from the Ptarmigan Tunnel to Ahern Pass Goat Trail. The highest jagged point between the two mountains is known as the Lithoid Cusp, and it, and the other spires on this ridge, have never been climbed. There are parts of two glaciers showing in this image: the snow field on Merritt is Old Sun Glacier, it is still active, with huge chunks occasionally calving off; a portion of the Ahern Glacier can be seen at far left, running out of the image (there is an Ipasha Glacier, but it is on the other side of the mountain, and not visible from the east). As a matter of perspective, Merritt's summit is 10004', the snow field at the cliff base is 5525'. Photo by Vernon, July 20, 2005.
on Feb 22, 2006 7:42 pm
Image ID: 175253


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Romuald Kosina

Romuald Kosina - Feb 22, 2006 7:56 pm - Voted 10/10


Especially beautiful picture!!!!!!!


marlonwarren - Feb 3, 2007 7:32 am - Voted 10/10


Keep up the good work



urnotreal - Aug 18, 2008 9:28 pm - Voted 10/10

love this view

i climbed over 20 peaks when i worked in the park in 2001 but this route was the most amazing thing i did that entire summer. i couldn't stop staring at these mountains (except when we had to stare at our feet)


samh - Sep 29, 2008 8:46 pm - Voted 10/10

Lithoid Cusp

Every time someone from Glacier is considering naming their child after some element in the park I always chimed in with my suggestion they name the child Lithoid Cusp.

andrew david

andrew david - Feb 18, 2013 1:50 am - Voted 10/10

Perfect Day

Every day I think about Mount Merritt. I want this on my wall. When I went there was haze from fires. I will try earlier in the season this summer.

HolidayWild - Jul 26, 2014 10:43 am - Hasn't voted

Lithoid Cusp

The Lithoid Cusp has been climbed--in 2003, by a fellow named Steve who worked at the Park Cafe. I don't remember Steve's last name, but he was a very accomplished technical climber. It was a single-day, solo ascent, in and out through the Belly River, although I know he slept for a spell on the ranger station porch before trudging the last six miles out.

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