Mount Lady Macdonald Attempt

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Mount Lady Macdonald
  • Location: Canmore
  • Activity: Scrambling
  • Height: 2,605 m (8,547 ft)
  • Elevation Gain: 1,285 m (4,216 ft)
  • Distance: 11.1 km / Round Trip (6.9 mi)
  • Avg Steepness: 13.0°
  • Estimated Time: 4-9 hrs
  • Technicality: Expert.1b
  • Fitness Level: Hard
Red line is the actual track I took which was recorded by my GPS.

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According to Kane's scramble book, Mount Lady Macdonald is one of the driest one that we can do in early spring, and the book was right, it was pretty much snow free for most of the way up.

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Someone took quite some time to create this.

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Remain of the famous tea house. To be honest, I don't know who thought building a tea house here would be a good business. One reason is that it's at 2300m. Second reason is that this mountain is continually steep up hills. No one wants to come here every once in a while. Why didn't they choose an easier hill?

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Canmore. Mouse over to see mountain names.

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Closer to the famous sharp ridge. At this altitude, snow remained little.

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Tip of the summit of my favorite mountain, Assiniboine.

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This is the ridge where it gets scary. If I were to fall this way, there is nothing to stop me from falling.

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If I were to fall the other way, death guaranteed. Yet cornices weren't making this any easier.

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Well we tried. We went maybe at most 50 m in but then there was a hole in cornice that I could see the bottom of the cliff and I was too close to the edge. Couldn't see where I was stepping because of the snow, so we turned around. It was scary and my legs were shaking but I felt still confident. What can I say even a scrambling safety book's author said he always has fear whenever he tries here. I guess I wasn't doing not to bad.


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