Mount Lady MacDonald

 Posted by on October 24, 2008  Kananaskis Provincial Park  Add comments
Oct 242008
 

Lady MacDonald is a fantastic scramble. The route is easy to find and follow but the summit ridge is too exposed for most folks.

Is it really that bad?
NO…..

BUT PLEASE NOTE A BODY WAS FOUND IN THE GULLY BELOW THE TWIN SUMMITS. PLEASE BE CAREFUL ON THIS MOUNTAIN. I’VE SEEN PICTURES ON OTHER WEBSITES OF SCRAMBLERS NOT SCRAMBLING. THEY WERE WALKING UPRIGHT ACROSS THE NARROW PART. THE WIND ON THIS RIDGE IS UNPREDICTABLE AND FIERCE

First summit from Main summit

First summit from Main summit

GET DOWN !

Only a complete klutz would fall off of this ridge (aside from an unfortunate super gust of flesh shearing wind) so the only thing that will stop you is your irrational fear of premature self inflicted cataclysmic death, OK? Do you have hands, feet and a butt? Well that’s all you really need to accomplish the traverse.

Look at it this way; this is an opportunity for the fear of living types out there to put a positive emotional imprint on your self doubt or any other fears you may struggle with. If you get through it you’ll be thrilled and your confidence in the mountains will rise markedly

Main summit from first summit

Main summit from first summit

If however you truly are a klutz please stay on the first summit. I don’t want to be a party to the death of anyone.

The individual who died was either careless or was blown off the ridge or slipped in wet conditions.

Death on the mountain (when alone) is your sole responsibility.

Just recently I was in a dangerous position and realized how all of my experience seemed of little importance or perhaps a hindrance. I backed down the debris strewn, down sloping, exposed ledges and got out while I was still alive. I can not emphasize safety enough.

Examine the photos and decide for yourself if you can face the exposure.

Note: Looking at these photos and being there are two different things, but the only way to know how you will react is to just go do it. You can always turn back. I have!

Enjoy the exposure! Bye Bye!

P.S. THIS IS A DISCLAIMER:
I do not endorse activities that you are not comfortable with. Even if you are totally comfortable on this ridge, you may die! Please realize that life is a gamble and nothing is guaranteed.

I’m sitting casually on the crux at this point, the wind is buffeting wildly and I’m enjoying myself for a change. This is easy compared to normal life.

I’m sitting casually on the crux at this point, the wind is
buffeting wildly and I’m enjoying myself for a change. This is easy compared to normal life.   
       Hah!

 

Fear can be headier than whiskey, once man has acquired a taste for it.

Donald Downes


L
eave everything. Leave Dada. Leave your wife. Leave your mistress. Leave your hopes and fears. Leave your children in the woods. Leave the substance for the shadow. Leave your easy life, leave what you are given for the future. Set off on the roads.

Andre Breton
1989-1966, French Surrealist


W
hen you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation — it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams.

Les Brown
1945-, American Speaker, Author, Trainer, Motivator Lecturer


M
y worst fear is that I’ll end up living in some run-down duplex on Wilshire wearing pants hiked up to my nipples and muttering under my breath.

Richard Dreyfuss
1947-, American Actor

Mount Lady MacDonald Gallery