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Mount Smuts and Mount Shark from near Chester Lake # 3657

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Date: 2002.08.17
Vantage Point: From lower slopes of Mount Chester

Caption: The northern half of the Spray Mountains

PhotoDescr: A childhood friend from Manitoba, now living in Scotland, was staying in Canmore for a week with his wife, their four sons (aged 21 to 12), and a rotating group of relatives. I couldn't let them go back without seeing some backcountry. The ever-popular and not-too-demanding Chester Lake Trail seemed the best choice for a quick foray to unforgettable views. The weather co-operated with the first cloudless sky for several days. I left them building a snowman on the shores of Chester Lake while I climbed up the talus slope below Mount Chester. From there the view across the Smith-Dorrien Valley was superb.

Mount Smuts on the left is at the south end of a ridge that ends with Mount Shark on the right. Tent Ridge is in front of Shark. These peaks along with the Birdwood-Commonwealth massif to the south form the Spray Mountains. The headwaters of the Spray River (and Banff National Park) are on the other side of Smuts and Shark. The distant peak to the right of Mount Shark is probably Mount Assiniboine, about 25 km away.

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