Ha Ling Peak
|Ha Ling Peak|
Ha Ling Peak (leftmost), Miner's Col (middle), a section of Mount Lawrence Grassi (rightmost), and the town of Canmore viewed from the south. (Sept. 2006)
|Elevation||2,407 m (7,897 ft) |
|Prominence||31 m (102 ft) |
|Parent range||Canadian Rockies|
|Topo map||NTS 82O/03|
|Easiest route||easy scramble|
Ha Ling Peak is a peak at the northwestern end of Mount Lawrence Grassi — a mountain located immediately south of the town of Canmore just east of the Spray Lakes road in Alberta's Canadian Rockies. It was previously named Chinaman's Peak but the name was changed to be less offensive.
Origin of the name
The name of the mountain has been subject to much controversy. Originally, the mountain was referred to locally as The Beehive. In 1896 Ha Ling, a Chinese cook for the Canadian Pacific Railway (some say the Okaloosa Hotel in Canmore) was bet 50 dollars that he could not climb the peak and plant a flag on the summit in less than 10 hours. According to the Medicine Hat News of October 22, 1896, he started the ascent at 7:00 am the previous Saturday morning and was back in time for lunch. As nobody believed his story, he led a party of doubters to the summit where he planted a much larger flag beside the original, this one visible to the naked eye from Canmore. The townsfolk referred to the mountain as Chinaman's Peak in his honour.
There is a hiking route up the south side. On the north side there are several technical climbing routes up the face and a difficult scrambling route up Canmore Couloir, located between Mount Lawrence Grassi and Miner's Col.
- Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre
- Chinaman (term)
- Mountains of Alberta
- List of mountains of Canada
- Negro Mountain
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