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Ship’s Prow Mountain Sept 8, 2018 (AKA Lawrence Grassi Subpeak#2?)

Wren and Ship’s Prow Mountain Scramble from South ridge – prow sticks out to right.

Ship’s Prow Mountain from ridge out to prow. Access on and off summit by left leaning gully.

Ship’s Prow Mountain Scramble up chimney that gives access to ridge out to prow. Ascent ramp in distance with trees.

Interesting scramble that is not in guide books.  About 1100 m and 10 km  8.5 hrs RT if go out on prow.

The first part up to the col or the bump with big cairn is basically like Ha Ling without a trail so surprised that this doesn’t have a trail given proximity to Canmore.

Park just after bridge on left if coming from Canmore. Walk road beside canal and no trail so probably best to go to big pile of rocks at top of cleared area(old gravel pit) and head straight up. We wandered around a bit looking for trails but there were none.

First 400 m vertical is bushwack through widely spaced trees, moss and hornets up to ridge with scattered trees. Rained on us for an hour but we stuck with it.

Follow left edge of ridge in open trees to above treeline to meadow and up to main ridge col (another 400 m vert).

Take ridge northwest over bump with huge cairn to narrower ridge to Ship’s prow mtn summit- some easy scrambling along ridge. Some Moderate scramble on some ramps up to summit.  There is a notch 30 m back South from summit with a Chimney down to ridge that leads out to prow – moderate with blocky steps. See pics

Looks like some people have ascended the Ship’s prow from Grassi Knob by going around the South side and up and down the scree.

Turned into a reasonably sunny nice day.  Interesting flyby and acrobatics display by a small plane when we were at top.

Thanks Wren and Kevin for some pics.

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Mount Sarrail Scamble Sept 1, 2108

Mount Sarrail Scramble – summit ridge

Mount Sarrail Scramble – summit

Long trip 26 km 1750 m gain – 12 hours RT – I cramped up at 2800 m and called it a day.

Hidden lake was very low so easy to walk along shoreline trail. Cairn and blue ribbon to head back into forest to catch the great trail which switchbacks up the headwall. much better than old trail which now is not maintained and has deadfall over it.  Turn left up slabby ribs near highpoint on trail to catch Sarrail ridge. Above treeline on grass go left (cairns) on trail around a cliff to avoid steep loose scree band. follow ridge to summit.

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Elbow Loop Bike Aug 6, 2018

Elbow Loop Bike Aug 6, 2018

Plan A was Threepoint but left my boots in garage so Plan B was Bike Elbow Loop which I had not done for 30 years.

43 km and 750 m but total more like 1000m with gain and regain.

About 7 leisurely hours with 1-2 hrs of breaks.

Decided to go CW which is against the flow but faster and easier down run.

Only bridge not completed is the one past Big Elbow Campground at 12 km? at start of hill.

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Whtye Attempt July 28

Got sick above rockband. Fever and stomach flu.

Went home.

Mount Shark Kananaskis Scramble July 21, 2018

Wietse and summit of Mount Shark Kananaskis scramble

Climbing up the downclimb on descent of Mount Shark ridge kananaskis

Cold windy day with a hangover and tired legs from 30 km last weekend.

Rode bikes to Lake. Easiest to leave bikes in trees versus going down to lake. Up to Karst springs. Best trail starts of righthand side of trail about 50-70m before end of pathway/springs.

Up through trees on convoluted trail but stick with it as it comes out right at ridge. Lots of deadfall.

Should stick directly on ridge crest but storm blew in with unbelievable strong cold winds and snow/graupel. so we reluctantly decided to bypass on the scree traverse.

Poor scrappy scree and worse ledges to climb back to ridge. not recommended.

About 1150 m with regain and 18 km and almost 9 hours with diversions and wasted time.

Need to come back and do this on a warm sunny calm day.

A lot of the pics are from Wietse – thankyou.

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Stuart Knob – Castle Mountain North Peak Scramble July 15, 2018

Stuart Knob Scramble Banff Castle Mountain

Castle Mountain from Castle Mountain North Peak, Banff

Stuart Knob and Castle mountain North – true summit.

Long walk – about 29 or 30 km and 1600+m and 12.5 hours with breaks.

Gained basin and across limestone pavement then cut right up scree through weakness in rockband(no trail currently?) to gain col/ridge between Helena and Stuart knob. See pics. Followed ridge to base of stuart summit and then left along base and ledges to bypass snow. Stuart has short scramble on back. Good views. Then along ridge to Castle North. Easy on dirt and then broken rock along RH side. Rolled some rocks to improve path which helped on way back. Much better viewpoint than Stuart – see pics.

Note on Castle – can bypass top of bump on left side above lake and cross lower plateau and up ramp on castle side. Shortens the walk and saves wasted elev gain.

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Fisher Peak Kananaskis Scramble N – NW Access to Col at Mid Ridge July, 2018

Fisher Peak Kananaskis NW Access July 2018

Fisher Peak Kananaskis NW Drainage Access – pic from Adrian Cornescian – thanks

Probably best access to the col in middle of the Fisher Peak Ridge. At Forks – follow left creek bed to past a scar on the right bank and follow a drainage up to the col.(see maps in Pics)

More creekbed but lower angle, easier travel up and down, no elevation loss over west ridge highpoint, and avoids a lot of rubble.

Collection of google Maps and pics from various trip reports off the internet. Thanks to whoever I got pics from.

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PICS from 2006 scramble

Summitpost TR

Kidd South Scramble Kananaskis July 1, 2018

Kidd South Scramble July 1, 2018 

With Kevin K

1525 m 14.5 km

4 snow storms slowed things down – climbed all the high points as couldn’t see anything.

The rubble on upper part is bad but there is a ok down trail along ridge and down drainage to west and then cut back to regular up drainage.

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Tangle Ridge June 27, 2018

Tangle ridge june 27, 2018

With Wietse and Kevin.  Some pics from Wietse – thanks

1200 m and 11.8 km.

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Victoria Peak Scramble June 13, 2018 Castle

Victoria Peak Scramble – Castle area

Victoria Peak Scramble – Wietse on crux over window.

Looking down at crux over window. I am near top of crux. Victoria Peak scramble castle area

Victoria Peak – 14.1 km 1094m   6.5 hrs RT  under 4 hrs up

Bike 2.7 km 130 m so 930 m up in 3 hrs 15 min

34% grade

Went west on ridge and down by brown scree and an avi bowl/path that had a trail.

Picked up a paleo quartzite knife/scraper.  see pics – some are Wietse’s and Kevin’s – Thanks

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