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Hermit Range
Parent Area: Big Bend Ranges

Area: 266 sq km.<br><b>Location:</b> Located just north and west of the Trans-Canada highway at Rogers Pass, in Glacier National Park. The range is bounded by the Beaver River and Connaught Creek on the east, the Illecillewaet River to the south and by Bostock Creek and Casualty Creeks to the west.<br> <b>Terrain:</b> The rock of the Hermit range, while generally composed of quartzite and slate is rather variable in its quality and distribution, Catamount peak and the East ridge of Cougar mountain are composed of limestone and slate. A wide selection of routes of all grades and types are available. Also of interest is the Nakimu caves in Cougar valley not far from Balu pass. The caves are part of a limestone system that also makes up the rock on some of the peaks in the central part of the range. The caves used to be open to the public with ladders and walkways, but are now closed. Check with parks regarding limited entry or sporadic tours if interested.<br> <b>History:</b> The bulk of the exploration in this range was carried out from the 1890's to the 1920's. A great deal of it was undertaken by guests staying at Glacier House (CPR Hotel at the current site of the Illecillewaet campground), with the aid of the Swiss guides hired by the CPR. A few of the peaks in the range were first climbed by Arthur O Wheeler and his survey party during the same time period.

Top Trips
Cross Canada Road Trip (And Culture Exchange) Robin Tivy
Kootenays Road Trip and Three Alpine Meadow Trips Robin Tivy
Ice on Mount Rogers Klaus Haring
Jupiter Traverse - Rogers Pass Jake Van Allen
Third time lucky on Mount Tupper, West Ridge 5.4 Alex Joseph
Swiss Traverse - Rogers Pass Jake Van Allen
Mount Tupper West Ridge Jake Van Allen
Copper Peaks South Ridge Jake Van Allen
Three Pass Traverse - Rogers Pass Jake Van Allen
Hermit Range Traverse Dave Sproule
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Top Photos
Towering Tupper: A Fun Climb Sandra McGuinness
Cheops Mountain - North Side Justin Brown
Rogers and Swiss Peaks Mike Warren
Rogers, Swiss and Hermit From the Southeast Sandra McGuinness
Wolverine Ridge Mike Warren
Cheops from Abbott Ridge Sandra McGuinness
Grizzly Mountain West Ridge Dave Sproule
The Panther: Bagheera Mountain Sandra McGuinness
The Great Bear: Ursus Major From Abbott Ridge Sandra McGuinness
Peaks of Cougar Brook Sandra McGuinness
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Alpine Journal Articles
1906 First Ascent Of Mount Tupper Wolfgang Koehler
Paper Maps