Mount Lady Macdonald
Mount Lady Macdonald from Grotto Mountain (minor summit), October 2009
|Elevation||2,606 m (8,550 ft) |
|Prominence||75 m (246 ft)|
|Parent range||Fairholme Range|
|Topo map||NTS 82O/03|
|First ascent||1886 by J.J. McArthur|
|Easiest route||Scramble (difficult)|
The mountain was named in 1886 after Susan Agnes Macdonald, wife of Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada. The Macdonald's travelled on the new national railway through the Canadian Rockies in 1886 on their way to Vancouver.
Hikers may hike a trail along the mountain to an abandoned teahouse and helipad just short of the knife's edge ridge that leads to the top of the peaks.
Heading toward the summit from the helipad there is a metal paragliding ramp on the west side of the trail. On August 13, 2011, Stewart Midwinter, an experienced paraglider flying a Speedglider, sustained injuries near Mount Lady Macdonald after losing control of his craft.
Deaths of individuals hiking to or near Mount Lady Macdonald have been reported. On June 7, 2003 a solo hiker was found deceased near the summit after sustaining injuries that investigators attribute to an avalanche accident. On October 16, 2007 a woman reportedly died after a fall while hiking between Mount Lady Macdonald and Mount Charles Stewart.
- Peakfinder. "Mount Lady Macdonald". Retrieved 2007-08-31.
- Mount Lady Macdonald in the Canadian Mountain Encyclopedia.
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