My first attempt was on the Day 4 of my solo Christmas peak-bagging mission. It is a fun climb - well worth doing. Dipping down just before the false summit. ESE Ridge of Lady MacDonald 5.5 - Kananaskis, "This is a one line proof...if we start sufficiently far to the left. Lady Macdonald June 2019 – Grotto Mtn. If you can walk on the ridge for most part, then you can do it in 15min, if you have to often hands-down, then you probably need 30-40min.. The trail itself is quite well defined, and climbs to the site of a former, now defunct tea house. I've climbed the mountain twice now, and all the hard work of getting to the summit is worth it when you see the amazing views from up there.Be prepared for a fairly long day, however I've seen people in great shape run up and down the mountain in a matter of 3hrs or so. Mount Lady MacDonald, elevation 2,606m and one of the four peaks that make up the Canmore Quad, the others being Mount Grotto, Ha Ling, and the East End of Rundle. Great views will peek out regularly, so be prepared to stop and enjoy these wonderful views. It's doesn't appear to be sharp in the photo but it is. It’s a piece of cake here. He was not one to follow the regular path and likely ascended directly toward the summit on the left side of an obvious gully on the West Face. Mount Lady Macdonald Kananaskis, Alberta May 27, 2005 . I lost the trail just before a large meadow/opening area and went straight up.. Not far up I encountered a boulder field, and found a large carcass of goat or deer… There must have been a cougar around and I didn’t even have a bear spary… I freaked out and ran down the mountain. With a few “difficult scrambles” under by belt I could easily balance myself along the first section of the summit ridge. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. As you rise, you will notice smaller paths go off at times. The boulders, sparse forest, and views of the Bow River Valley make for a classic mountain landscape that isn't always offered by forested walks to lakes, or hikes up scree slopes. Kona on summit ridge at end of June. The excellent reviews and overall rating we have received from travellers have ranked Lady Macdonald as one of the Best B&B and Inns in Canada. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Mount Lady MacDonald, as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. From the trail head, which is next to Iron Goat Pub, this is 4.5km to the helipad on a very direct route which has some scrambling. This short but very steep trails climbs from the Cougar Creek trailhead in Canmore, AB to the ridge of Mount Lady MacDonald, located west of Cougar Creek. The original plan for this May long weekend was a few snowshoe ascents along Icefield Parkway, but I changed my mind at the last minute while driving through the Canmore corridor. Terrible little things. Alberta, Canmore, Mount Lady MacDonald. ", Larry - They are Rocky Mountain wood ticks - the little reddish leathery ones. Bill. Then it’s a walk up to the final dip before true summit. I didn’t want to die on that day, so I bailed the attempt. With southern exposure this popular hike often has great trail conditions. It turned out to be a great decision. I’m do impressed. For trad climbers looking to get more into the alpine, this is a excellent place to test skills. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. There is very little access to water so ensure you pack accordingly. 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