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Mount Yamnuska (Mount Laurie)  Alberta   #3910
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges

Height: 2200 m -> 7218 feet
Prominence?: 204 m  
Line Parent?: Little Goat Mountain (2.2 km away, at bearing 239 degrees)
Greater Parent: South Ghost Peak (7.0 km away)

Location:   51.12462,-115.11813     51:07:29, -115:07:05   11U 631691 5665367 (5 km N of Kananaskis). NTS Mapsheet: 082.O.03   AreaCode: FL15/BB21
Mount John Laurie
Mount Yamnuska is a dramatic limestone uplift located at the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains east of Canmore, and across the Bow River from Seebe just off of the Trans Canada Highway. The south face of the mountain is vertical, overhanging in places, and approximately 350 m high and 2 km wide. It is the prime rock climbing destination for the Calgary area. Swiss guides Hans Gmoser and Leo Graillmair became prominent figures in the history of Yamnuska in the 1950’s when they ascended the route “Graillmair Chimney". Since then numerous routes were established on the face.

Name Notes: It was officially named Yamnuska until 1961, and was a Stoney word to describe the cliffs. In 1961 the Stoneys requested it be renamed to Mount John Laurie to honour John Laurie, a Teacher, and the founder of the Indian (First Nations) Association of Alberta. John Laurie helped the First Nations in many ways and was a good friend to them. He was particularily concerned with helping the First Nations with Government matters, respecting and preserving their culture, and relations with other citizens of Alberta.

As of 2003, the 1:50,000 topo map seems to label it as "Mount Laurie" and have the name "Lyamnathka" in brackets, with all sorts of non-english accents on the top. We interpret this as a name change for political purposes, and thus will stick with the traditional name for at least 20 years.

There is a recently published book from Rocky Mountain Books detailing the climbing and mountaineering history of Yamnuska called The Yam: 50 Years of Climbing Mt Yamnuska by Chic Scott, Ben Gadd and Dave Dornian. If you are a Yam nut you will want this book. An independent reviewer in the 2003 CAJ noted its almost hagiographic tone may be a bit off putting to non locals.

Trip Reports within 1 km
28 2007.08.15 Ascents of East Wendell and of West Wendell Rick Collier
15 2004.06.13 Goat Mountain Traverse 1A to Yamnuska Gerald Stehouwer
11 2002.08.17 Grillmair Chimneys Steve Tober
18 2002.07.02 Goat Mountain Traverse: Yamnuska to Highway 1A Robert Lee
9 1999.05.03 Doom Mountain GR316658 (North Peak of Mt Yamnuska) Route Yves Flottat


Paper Maps
1:50000Canmore and Kananaskis Village Gem Trek
1:250000Banff National Park Gem Trek
1:400000Canadian Rockies Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta & Southeast British Columbia Gem Trek

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
10 Yamnuska and Nanny Goat Buttress from Door Jamb David Wasserman
5 Mount John Laurie Amy Presse
4 Yamnuska from the North Rick Collier

Placename Photos
10 A Tree with Heart on Heart Mountain David Wasserman
5 Mount Yamnuska Ray Borbon
3 Mount Yamnuska (Mount John Laurie) - view looking east along south face Kevin Altheim
3 Mount Yamnuska (Mount John Laurie) Kevin Altheim
2 Mount Yamnuska - the steep south face Kevin Altheim
2 Mount Yamnuska (Mount John Laurie) - view down south face Kevin Altheim
2 CMC Valley Kevin Altheim