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Ha Ling Peak (Chinamans Peak)  Alberta   #1555
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges

Height: 2408 m -> 7900 feet
Prominence?: 31 m  
Line Parent?: Mount Lawrence Grassi (1.3 km away, at bearing 153 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Lawrence Grassi (1.0 km away)

Location:   51.06376,-115.40031     51:03:50, -115:24:01   11U 612093 5658132 (4 km SW of Canmore). NTS Mapsheet: 082.O.03   AreaCode: FL15/AE60
Ha Ling Peak from North Canmore
Ha Ling peak (Chinaman's Peak) is actually just the northmost peak of Mount Lawrence Grassi. It is 1 km northwest of Mount Lawrence Grassi.

The height of the peak has become very confused on many maps, not only due to the name changes, but also due to an error on the current 1:50,000 maps which mis-label the contour lines. Here are the notes on the heights:

 1. Climber's Guide Rocky Mountains Canada South (Putnam and Boles, 1973) has the height as 8800'. That height refers to what is currenly known as Mount Lawrence Grassi, which is not listed in Putnam and Boles.

 2. As of 2012, the current 1:50K map, including the online version has the contours mis-labelled. Find the label for 1800m on the contour just west of the peak. (The label is at 51.059329,-115.410111. Trace that contour around the north of the peak and back down the east side of the peak, and you will come to a label of 2000m at 51.049024,-115.357411, for exactly the same contour. The 2000m is the correct height. Because of this error, you will often see a height of 2160 m for the peak, when you would get 2360 from the east.

Name Notes: 1. Originally the name "Chinaman Peak" was used to refer to the peak that is now called Mount Lawrence Grassi.

2. The peak was officially renamed to Lawrence Grassi. The old name of Chinaman's Peak was applied to the northern peak. These are the labels on the NTS 1:50,000 map.

3. In 1997, the northern peak was officially renamed to Ha Ling Peak, which according to the Medicine Hat News of October 24, 1896, was the name of a Chinese resident of Canmore who bet he could climb the mountain from Canmore in less than six hours.

1. Northeast Face (July 1961) B. Greenwood, G. Prinz, D. Raubach & W. Twelker. 5.6, 450m, trad. This classic route follows the buttress between the North and Northeast faces and provides interesting climbing in a fine situation. Two practically independent lines have been done, but the best route is a combination of the two and this is described here as the principal means of ascent. Nowadays the route has a lot of fixed gear but it remains a serious undertaking with loose rock at stances, dubious pitons and a propensity for attracting afternoon thunderstorms. There have been numerous epics and even fatalities on this climb and it deserves respect from inexperienced parties. Pitons are not required but take a reasonable selection of gear, a few long slings and preferably two ropes in case of retreat.

Trips within 1 km
29 2012.07.12 7am sweat approaching Ha Ling Peak (NE Face 5.6, 450m, trad) Alex Joseph
42 2002.07.22 Ha Ling NE Buttress - Rockies Classic Or Choss Pile? Drew Brayshaw

2012.06.18 Height Notes and Contour Errors Robin Tivy
2011.03.31 Comments on the name of Ha Ling Peak Mike Cleven

Paper Maps
1:35000Best Of Canmore Gem Trek
1:50000Canmore and Kananaskis Village Gem Trek
1:100000Banff & Mount Assiniboine Gem Trek
1:250000Banff National Park Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta & Southeast British Columbia Gem Trek

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
12 Upper Corners of Ha Ling NE Buttress Drew Brayshaw
7 Morning Clouds Break over Ha Ling Peak Justin Brown
5 Northeast Ridge Upper Corner on Ha Ling Mike Warren
5 Ha Ling Peak from North Canmore David Wasserman
3 Top Dog on Ha Ling David Wasserman
2 Ha Ling easy route Ray Borbon

Placename Photos
4 Looking Southeast from EEOR Steve Sproule