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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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