ВЕРХ _|_ TOP / VERKH [vʲerx] 

Hint with an alternative definition: it is like a hover side (over something), vertical vector to the high point, or a way to a high arch or roof verge.

Hints with composition: вер (vertex) + х (high, head, hot, heat of sun, so down is cold) / very + erection / very + hoist

Hints with antonym + context: down is like an invert (not up) / down is a home of hory dwarves (broken mirror)

ВЕРШИНА _|_ PINNACLE 

Hints: very sheen peak, use it to oversee (very vision) or a virgin peak (unconquered)

Mental visualization: B (iron spring) + E (ladder) + P (slingshot) + X (seesaw)