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President Range
Parent Area: Waputik Mountains

Area: 119 sq km. Location: The President Range is north of the town of Field, BC, occupying the angle between the Yoho River on the east, and the Amiskwi River on the west. The north boundary is the Little Yoho River. The south boundary is the Kicking Horse River. The President Range is a subset of the Waputik Mountains. Terrain: The President Range contains an interesting geologic transition. All of the summits except Mt. Burgess are in the eastern main ranges. The transition to the western main ranges occurs along a fault that extends from just west of Field, over Burgess Pass, along the south shore of Emerald Lake, to the outlet of Hamilton Lake, and over the south ridge of Mt. Carnarvon. East of this fault, the landscape is dominated by the Cathedral/Stephen/Eldon (cliff/shale/cliff) sequence of formations; west of the fault the landscape is a homogenous crumbling mass of shale. You can see the upturned edge of the fault at the outlet of Hamitlon Lake. Glaciation is confined to all aspects of The President and the Vice President, and to the north face of Mt. Carnarvon. A remnant glacier lurks under the perpetual snows on the upper northeast face of Mt. Field. Emerald Glacier is one of a few glaciers in the Rockies known to have advanced in recent decades. The advance (in the late 1970s) was short-lived. The Stephen Formation harbors the fossil-rich Burgess Shale sites. History: The mountains of The President Range were among the earlier peaks to receive concentrated attention in the Rockies. The Dominion Topographic Survey (surveyors McArthur, Drewry, and Klotz) made a number of the first ascents between 1886 and 1892. Jean Habel and party crossed Yoho Pass from Emerald Lake to the Yoho Valley in 1897. He claimed the discovery of Takakkaw Falls, notice of which led to the expansion of the Mt. Stephen Reserve (forerunner of Yoho National Park) to include the Yoho Valley. Edward Whymper, James Outram, and guides topped most of the northerly summits in 1901. Outram also made the first ascent of Wapta Mountain that year. Members of the 1906 innagural ACC camp at Yoho Pass trundled all over the place, making second ascents and adding variations. Charles Walcott discovered the Burgess Shale site on the ridge between Wapta Mountain and Mt. Field in 1909.

Top Trips
A Visit to the Presidents Klaus Haring
Possible Second Ascent of Mt. Horsey Rick Collier
Vice President - Carcajou Glacier (SW Face) Mark Klassen
Circumnavigation of Emerald Peak : a "gem" of a ski tour Andrea Petzold
Isolated Col Route - Wapta Icefield Traverse Robin Tivy
Hiking the Whaleback Ridge Trail Klaus Haring
Seven Peaks in Two Days Steve Tober
An Ascent of Amgadamo Point Rick Collier
Angle Peak Rick Collier
Wapta - West Face Graeme Pole
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Top Photos
Wapta Mountain from the Yoho Pass Trail David Wasserman
The President/Vice-President Massif Rick Collier
Peaks to the South of the President Range Rick Collier
Mount Carnarvon and Emerald Lake Rick Collier
Mount Burgess and Emerald Lake from the Yoho Pass Trail David Wasserman
The President and Vice President Andrew Siefert
Vice President from Burgess Pass David Wasserman
The Vice President Zoran Vasic
Michael Peak from Emerald Lake David Wasserman
The Presidents from the South Klaus Haring
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