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lady mac D5 moderate/with D7 exposer

  • May 26, 2013 · 7:45 AM
  • McMahon Stadium

As you can see the ridge takes effort to attaining the summit with around 1300m.in gain and a total distance of 11kms. this event should take anywhere from 6 to 8 hrs.having said that the weather for both sat. and sun.look good and if the weather does not work in our favour we will go up as far as we can.

GEAR:scramble stuff,good boots,lots of water,food(snacks and lunch)sunscreen,layers,poles,bear spary(is a good idea)your own first aid kit,oh and can't forget your back packs"hehe" also any other things you might need while out doors oh and bug spray for the tics are out and tickin along so be safer pack bug spray and helmet if you prefer for this trip,i am thinking that micro spikes won't be needed for i am not packing mine.

Description:difficult hike through some scree,slab then onto a exposed ridge to the summit.

Directions: follow elkrun blvd. through to elk run ind. park,just east of canmore on hwy 1andpark in the cougar creek paring lot it is a paved lot.

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  • Cathrine M

    Beautiful sunny day, with three moose, 1 (possible) Grizzly, a deer, and ice cream! Thanks for a great day Patrick :)

    May 26, 2013

    • Deirdre

      don't forget the big horn sheep!

      May 26, 2013

  • Bastian B.

    Good Day!! Baldy with a lot of snow for this time of the year... Good bunch of people= good fun...

    May 26, 2013

  • Deirdre

    Awesome hike! We had great weather for it. Thanks for organizing Patrick!

    May 26, 2013

  • patrick

    great plan b i must say.and the day was great weather and all....

    May 26, 2013

  • Liliana C.

    Sorry guys. I will wait for Lady Mac. I have Baldy next week

    May 25, 2013

  • patrick

    PLAN B...BALDY elevation gain 800m.
    time 4 to 6 hours and depending on the group we may even bag the south summit aswell.
    park on the side of the road 1.6kms.from the Barrier picnic area or 12.7 kms from the trans canada south on hwy.40.
    For i was up gap peak today and there is a fair bit of snow landed.
    so lady mac will be done another day.

    May 25, 2013

    • Deirdre

      I'm happy with Baldy! Good pick. See you tomorrow.

      May 25, 2013

  • Ugur

    Mike, Lily, and I been in that area today. There's lots of snow on top of Lady Mac's ridge, so I think it won't be safe doing it. As well, the Spray Lakes Trail from Canmore is also closed due to avalanche danger.

    May 25, 2013

  • Neda

    How can i change my waiting listto no? As i couldnt get in to this hike, i planned sth else

    May 25, 2013

  • patrick

    hi there
    so disregarde my comment about weather for sat and sun for i looked at it earlier in the week and it looked promising,having said that the weather for sunday does look somewhat good and we will stick with the game plan minus the summit for there is 700 to 900 m.pf gain that will be safe to travel,as for a plan B cathrine i do have something else in mind...

    May 24, 2013

  • Cathrine M

    There is 15 cm of snow forecast for Canmore this weekend. Do we have a plan B?

    May 23, 2013

  • Morgan

    Sorry change plans...catch u next time Patrick.

    May 22, 2013

  • Al

    Purcapine

    May 21, 2013

  • Paul

    At the end of the short traverse there is a large flat spot to have a snack or lunch with great views.

    Our group did not have any problems traversing the short ridge. We moved slowly traversing the short ridge, taking care to make sure we had good foot holds and a grip on the ridge before shuffling a foot or so along.

    A mountaineering axe is not used for the ridge traverse. A mountaineering axe is useful however as there is a short scramble up to the ridge (couple of 1000 ft) which has some mud and loose rock (typical steepish slope scramble up to the ridge). Most of the trip is a hike through the forest on a good trail. Micro spikes might be useful for the hike through the forest as there could be some snow.

    May 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I summitted Lady Mac a week ago. The route was in ideal condition, microspikes were not needed.

      Lady Macdonald summit ridge is D7, not D5 as posted. The Ridge is severely exposed on both sides. A long vertical drop-off on one side and very steep slabs on the other. On one section near the summit that stretches for 20m, the Ridge ends in vertical drop-offs on both sides and is only several cm wide. A small error or slip there and you are dead. People died on this route.

      May 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      These photos that I took last week (and one fellow took snapshots of me traversing) show the scale of exposure:

      https://plus.google.co...­

      May 19, 2013

  • patrick

    Well done paul!
    I'm away at the moment and will be posting the rest of the details on thursday morning having said that I will be selecting certain members for this trip.

    Ps blackberry is only so good

    May 19, 2013

  • Paul

    I have done this hike and scramble before and would recommend it. The exposed section is a ridge, roughly 500 feet which must be traversed. The only issue might be there could still be snow on the ridge. It is not safe to traverse the ridge if there is snow on the ridge or if it is raining.

    The ridge traverse is none technical (a rope is not needed to traverse it, if the scrambler is comfortable with the short section of exposure and the traversing technique) and can be shuffled along maintaining three points of contact at all times. (i.e. Hold on to the ridge with your hands and then move either one foot or one hand at time.) The ridge is quartz (sharpish edges and not loose like limestone) and hence it is easy to find good foot holds and there is a sharpish ridge to hold onto with your hands. Exposure means if you let go with both hands and did not have a foot hold you would fall when traversing the short ridge.

    May 19, 2013

  • Morgan

    Passenger pls.

    May 18, 2013

  • aki

    Hi patric. I'm interested in this one. Do you think it requires axe and micro spike ?

    May 18, 2013

  • Jo-Anne

    what on earth does with exposer mean?

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • Lori

    Not sure I want to see the exposer ;) but I want to do Lady Mac .

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • Lori

    Interested in doing this one!

    May 17, 2013

  • Deirdre

    Yay! I really want to do this one.

    May 17, 2013

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