Lawson, Mount

elevation: 2,795 m.
height gain: 1,200 m.
area: Kananaskis,AB map 82 J/14

Ref: Alan Kane's Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies

Mount Lawson from the road.
Scramble: RT 9.0; 5.0 up. Man, that was a difficult moderate scramble! The last 400 m. required route finding skills, we were faced with some low 5th class sections. In Alan Kane's new edition, the ascent time is upped to 5-7 hours compared to 2.5 to 4 in the first edition. The summit registry demonstrated the not-so-positive comments of other parties. If only we had good snow conditions and visibility the first time we set out to do this summit (may 27th this season), it would have been probably more enjoyable to stick to the gully the whole way up on firm snow! Anyway, the start from the road is not obvious. There are several game trails, we stoped to take GPS readings along the way. We came across a good trail leading to the lower gully. That was probably the most enjoyable part of the trip but not for long; at treeline we started up rubble that increasingly steepens, interrupted by numerous small rockbands before reaching the summit ridge. We enjoyed the summit but dreaded the thought of having to come back down. We made the poor decision of bringing Winston on this outing. We had to help him along a couple of sections, that obviously made the situation more serious and it was certainly not enjoyable for Winston....(he was slightly intimidated and could sense our stress level). After coming down the top part, his tail wag resumed and he started leading the way again. We reconsidered where we have been taking our Pooch, some places are simply not for doggies no matter how prepared. Sorry Winston, next ones won't be like that!
along the way

Along the way, looking at Fortress ski area.

at treeline

At treeline.

at the top

At the summit with Mount Inflexible in the background.

looking south

Kananaskis Lakes in the distance.

looking at the highway

The highway from the top.

mount kent

Mount Kent.
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