Maria and I took an adventure half day to have a look at Ship's Prow, an outcrop
just below and similar elevation to Mt Lawrence Grassi.


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So, it turns out there isn't really a 'trail' per se for Ship's Prow, so the morning started with some
'multi-sensory nature experiences' in the words of my buddy Graham - or bushwhacking.


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Here's a look at the cliff side of Mt Lawrence Grassi. Ship's Prow is to the right of the main Lawrence
Grassi Peak.


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Continuing in the line of trying to identify more wildflowers, this beautiful yellow buttercup-looking
flower is I think the Western buttercup.


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Maria with a beautiful view looking back to Goatview Peak.


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Once we got out of the treeline, it's a gorgeous view to the south to the Spray Lakes and Goat Pond.


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Looking south to Goat Pond.


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Panoramic looking south with Maria trudging up the rocks. A note here that this approach (up the eastern
side of the drainage) would be MUCH better than crushing up the scree.


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Once you gain the ridgeline, you are rewarded with a gorgeous, and unique, view of the Three Sisters
since you can't often see this aspect. For my buddy Louis, there is a high valley to the north side of
the last ridge prior to getting to Big Sister that I thought I imaged but didn't photograph it.


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A look along the ridgeline of travel. The goal on this day was Ship's Prow, which is the broken
rocky-looking peak third from the left.


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Even though this is into mid-July, there is still snow on the north-facing ridges. A nice
shot of South Sister over the horizon while Maria hikes the ridge.


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After realizing that the high point of the ridge was NOT in fact Ship's Prow, I continued on to the summit
while Maria waited below the peak. Summit of Ship's Prow - 16 July 2020 with the Sisters behind me.

View from Ship's Prow



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This was the 'crux' of this scramble as the shaded top area of this climb was a chimney with a
fair amount of loose scree and steep limestone.


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Here is Maria coming back down from the Ship's Prow.


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We decided to exit down the creek drainage rather than the way we ascended. You can see the steepness
of the scree slope here. The larger talus made it a bit more challenging to get down this with an
unsteady ankle for Maria.


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These are the cliffs on the west side of Mt Lawrence Grassi. Steep and better to avoid them for sure!


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As we dropped out of the scree bowl, this turned into a meadow with a mix of rock and meadow
grasses. Check out the vertical face and overhanging rock immediately above Maria here.


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A look up the creek drainage as we dropped down below the waterfall area.


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After leaving the Smith-Dorrien, we ran into these cute little lambs as the ewes are molting.

Garmin connect data is HERE


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See the 3D plot of the trail we took, although I'd argue that at no point on this day did we
find an actual trail here. For perspective, there were ZERO cairns or real trails to follow.
We did see some flagging periodically, but I think it may have been more for logging purposes.

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