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The Heart Mountain Horseshoe from Door Jamb South Ridge # 6802

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Date: 2005.06.04
Vantage Point: From south ridge of Door Jamb Mountain

Caption: The Heart Mountain Horseshoe trail goes up the ridgeline leading into the photo on the right, across the top, and down the ridge from top left to centre, where it moves off the ridge and down to viewer's left.

PhotoDescr: Heart Mountain is a popular beginner's scramble in the Bow Valley. The point officially named Heart Mountain is on the right end of the summit ridge from this viewpoint. A beaten trail continues from there along the ridge to several points that are higher but unnamed. This ridgeline is part of a complex set of peaks and ridges that has only two other named peaks: Mount McGillivray, on the right side of this photo in the distance, and Mount Lorette, out of sight at the far south end of the massif. The popular sport climbing area of Heart Creek is in the narrow valley between Heart Mountain and Mount McGillivray.

The Bow River flows through the valley below, with the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) on the far side from this viewpoint. The Trans-Canada Trail runs parallel to the highway, and is part of the access trails for the Heart Mountain Horseshoe. Highway 1A is on the near side of the river.

The Grant MacEwan Mountain Club has passed a motion to name the high point on the Heart Mountain Horseshoe "Grant MacEwan Peak" in honour of the man after whom the club was named. June 15, 2005, is the fifth anniversary of Grant MacEwan's death, and the earliest date on which such a request can be submitted to the Alberta government. The feature in question is on the centre skyline, with a patch of snow forming a line pointing to it.

This particular peak was chosen because Grant MacEwan, an author, historian, mayor of Calgary, and lieutenant-governor of Alberta, was very much a man of the people, who preferred using public transport to limousines. It seemed appropriate to choose a peak that was in Alberta, visible from a major road, and accessible without technical climbing gear; it is also possible that under ideal conditions, Calgary, which he served as mayor, may be visible from the peak.

On July 17, 2006, the name was made official.

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