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Ship's Prow Mountain

We dropped all the way down to the valley floor where the trail meets the big gully separating Lawrence with Ship's Prow. We took a short break, crossed the gully, and started the long tedious bushwhacking up Ship's Prow. There's no trail at all on this treed slope. It's steep and has lots of dead fall. Apart from the bushwhacking, it's just the same as Lawrence Grassi. The scree slope above treeline is easier, and doesn't have narrow slabby section. With a positive attitude, you won't have a problem to get to the skyline ridge, which leads to false summit. Surprisingly, there's a register on the False summit... I think those people who brought the register couldn't do the down-climb to get to the true summit...

By the point when I hit the false summit, the wind already picked up, with mainly about 50kph, gusting to 80kph occasionally. This mountain doesn't have exposed section so I was not too concerned about wind. To get to the true summit, you have to do a difficult 15m down-climb. This appears sketchy from the top, but since Eric Coulthard did this, I knew there must be a way to down climb. I would rate this a difficult scramble. After this section, it's just a walk up to the summit. There's a cairn but no register on it. From the top, I noticed a much easier way up, that is, directly aiming for the summit from the gully below. If you approach from Ha Ling Peak trail head, this will be the gully after passing the main gully separating Lawrence Grassi and Ship's Prow. I'm not sure about the scree quality, but apparently you don't need to bushwhack nor down-climb. This summit gives you a much closer view of Three Sisters. Big Sister still looks snowy and is not in season yet.

Climbing up the crux was less challenging than down climbing it. By this point, the wind speed had already gusted to about 100kph. I had to lean sideways to balance, but thankfully, the ridge walk was mostly done. I soon rejoined mom at treeline again and we bushwhacked down the same way we came up. The total elevation gain of the day is about 1800m for me, mostly on steep terrain. Although I had time, I didn't do a 3rd mountain. I had a plan on Windtower to Rimwall with Neil and Andrea the next day (which turns out to be a more scenic day), so I had to rest and get ready.

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My backpack on the summit
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My backpack on the summit
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Goat Pond
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Goat Pond
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Me on the slope
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Me on the slope
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Lawrence Grassi
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Lawrence Grassi
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The false summit
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The false summit
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Lawrence Grassi
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Lawrence Grassi
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The true summit
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The true summit
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Register on false summit
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Register on false summit
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Mount Lady MacDonald
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Mount Lady MacDonald
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The crux down-climb
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The crux down-climb
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The crux down-climb
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The crux down-climb
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The crux down-climb
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The crux down-climb
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Looking back to the crux
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Looking back to the crux
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Watch for cornices
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Watch for cornices
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Goat Pond
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Goat Pond
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Lawrence Grassi
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Lawrence Grassi
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Canmore corridor
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Canmore corridor
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Big Sister
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Big Sister
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Skogan Peak
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Skogan Peak
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Old Goat Mountain
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Old Goat Mountain
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The false summit
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The false summit
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Fairholme Range
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Fairholme Range
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Lady MacDonald & Townsend
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Lady MacDonald & Townsend
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Goat Range & Sulphur Mountain
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Goat Range & Sulphur Mountain
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Three Sisters
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Three Sisters
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Little Sister
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Little Sister
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Me on the summit
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Me on the summit
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The parking lot
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The parking lot
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