The Ship's prow Climbing
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DescriptionThe Ship's prow is the obvious feature that is attached to Mt. Grassi.
Getting ThereFrom Chris Perry's Old Banff/Bow Valley Rock Guidebook
Approach #1—from Peaks of Grassi
This subdivision may be reached from downtown Canmore by following signs for the Nordic Centre, but instead of turning right onto Highway 742, continue left on Three Sisters Drive into the Homesteads subdivision. After about 800 m, turn right on Peaks Drive, left on Lawrence Grassi Ridge, and just after the road curves around to the right (west) and becomes Wilson Way park on the left (south) side of the road by an open storm water channel lined with boulders.
Walk up the channel, through a break in a wooden barricade, and follow an old road that curves around to the left (east).
Continue along the road for about 700 m past an open, sunken area on the right until it crosses the dry, indistinct bed of the stream that drains the large bowl below the cliff’s northwest face.
Turn right onto a road that parallels the streambed on its east side and follow the road, bearing right at a fork, for about 600 m to a small cliff at the end of a rocky ridge on the left. From here, there are two ways of reaching the cliff.
To access via the northeast ridge (approach #1), continue east along the road that climbs a little at first and then contours along a wooded bench over to the base of the northeast ridge below Ship’s Prow (junction with an old road coming up from Three Sisters Creek, approach #2). The road then turns southward and traverses the hillside overlooking Three Sisters Creek for about 700 m until it ends. At this point, the hillside on the east side of the ridge is fairly open
and leads easily to the crest of the ridge that is then followed to the base of the prow.
Approach #2—via Three Sisters Creek
This approach joins #1 at the junction noted above. The beginning of the approach, however,is subject to change as the area is undergoing active development by Three Sisters Resorts.
The route described here begins at the junction of Mine Haulage Road and a dirt road, identifiedas #8, which heads south along the west side of Three Sisters Creek. The current edition of Volume 1 of the Kananaskis Country Trail Guide by Gillean Daffern gives the latest published information on how to get to this point, although at present it is also advisable to check with the Three Sisters Resorts security staff. Once on the dirt road, follow it to a small concrete dam, cross to the east side of the creek, and continue for a short distance (about 120 m) to where a right-hand branch of the trail leads back to the creek. On the opposite (west) side of the creek there is a large earth scar and an old, overgrown road zigzags steeply up to the right of this to the junction noted in approach #1. From here, continue as described to the end of the road and climb the east side of the ridge to the prow.
Approach #3—via the west drainage
This route climbs the large drainage directly below the northwest face of Ship’s Prow and gives the easiest access to that section of the cliff. The drainage can be reached following approach #1 as far as the small cliff at the end of the rocky ridge (see above) and then dropping down right into the creekbed. Although overgrown initially, the creekbed leads easily to an open, upper bowl and hence to the base of the northwest face.
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