Jul 092003
 

Mt. Lawrence Grassi. My first attempt on this Canmore summit was a bust. Although other people suggest otherwise I think Kane’s description is flawed.

I went just past the rock cut and ended upon a peak to the south of LG. Warm summer rain drenched me on the way down.

The next attempt was as a traverse from Ha Ling. Kane offers no real description of this, but does say that the route is difficult to spot.

 Mount Lawrence Grassi from Ha Ling Peak

Mount Lawrence Grassi from Ha Ling Peak

To start with there is no “route”. That would imply that the first real barrier would be penetrable. Unless I’m blind, I could see no reasonable way over this wall of rock. The point at which one must decide on a route offers only a straight-on view of this wall so the steepness of it is hard to discern.

To make a long story short, I had to down climb completely around this initial difficulty.

Above the first rock band, the route is on the left

Above the first rock band, the route is on the left

Once around the lower corner, things get interesting. You must climb back up into an amphitheatre.

A rock band is overcome on the far left. Choose your route here carefully.

Then another 45 deg cute is climbed. This cute is on the left also, don’t expect to go right just yet.

This difficult chimney would be below the spot in the above photo. I passed on this one in favor of the route above

This difficult chimney would be below the spot in the
above photo. I passed on this one in favor of the route above

Eventually you get across the amphitheatre to the south side where there is a moderate to difficult chimney to climb. The chimney is a bit loose near the top and I had to take care not to dislodge any of the component rocks. At the top of this you are now onto the main ridge that’ll take you to the top of Mount Lawrence Grassi.

By the way I constructed a cairn at the top of the chimney for you and it should be visible from the amphitheatre. I wonder how long it will last? Probably longer than me. Arggg! I want to live a long time.

The way to the summit is straightforward, with just one exposed spot just before the summit. Here you must maneuver around a boulder on a ledge. I reached across the top on the left side of the bolder where it’s narrow.

My summit panorama is poor, I need to level my tripod better with a plum bob. Sorry about that folks

Anyway, see you in the mountains.

Post Script
Lawrence Grassi seemed to be a humble person who left a great deal to the people of Canmore and those who visit it so I dedicate this page to his memory.

Mount Lawrence Grassi Panorama

Mount Lawrence Grassi Panorama

This is a poor panorama…… sorry


M
any people believe that humility is the opposite of pride, when, in fact, it is a point of equilibrium. The opposite of pride is actually a lack of self esteem. A humble person is totally different from a person who cannot recognize and appreciate himself as part of this worlds marvels

Rabino Nilton Bonder

Mount Lawrence Grassi Gallery