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Mount Yamnuska. Canon 7D @ 15mm, f16.
While it is officially named Mount John Laurie, also known as Mount Laurie, it is best known now by the native name Mount Yamnuska, or simply Yamnuski which translates to “wall of stone”. Yamnuska has an elevation of 2,240 m (7,349 ft) and is made of shale and limestone from the Paleozoic Era.
John Laurie was a founder of the Indian Association of Alberta.
Mount John Laurie is the first mountain on the north side of the Bow River valley (Bow Valley) as it exits the mountains for the foothills and prairie of Alberta. Located close to Calgary, it is a popular “great scramble”. It is also a popular rock climbing destination, with over 100 routes of all difficulty levels spread out across its face.
Mount John Laurie is the result of the McConnell Thrust Fault, which put the resistive, cliff forming Cambrian carbonate rock of the Eldon Formation on top of the much younger and weaker Cretaceous aged, clastic Belly River Formation. The fault, which sits at the base of the cliff face, represents an age difference of around 450 million years. Mount John Laurier (Yamnuska), Kananaskis Country, Alberta,Canada