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Brussels Peak  Alberta   #122
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges

Height: 3161 m -> 10371 feet
Prominence?: 671 m  
Line Parent?: Mount Fryatt (7.0 km away, at bearing 302 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Fryatt (7.0 km away)

Location:   52.51750,-117.82266     52:31:03, -117:49:22   11U 444178 5818917 (17 km N of Fortress Lake). (44 km SE of Jasper). NTS Mapsheet: 083.C.12   AreaCode: FL27/FI12
First Ascent: 1948 R. Garner; J. Lewis (AAJ 7-115, CAJ 22-21 44-53)
Frank Smythe wrote of Brussels "It is a conspicuous object from the road, and strongly resembles one of those minor dolomite peaks which jut out surprisingly from an otherwise normal landscape", then went on to say that is has "no particular grace or dignity about it. In fact it is one of those absurd little mountains that shouldn't be there, stuck on an otherwise impeccable landscape as an afterthought." Smythe himself made three separate attempts to climb the peak but was unsuccessful which led him to say "Most mountains have their weaknesses, but not so Brussels. Most mountains have cracks or chimneys leading though otherwise impassable cliffs or pitches; but the cracks and chimneys on Brussels peter out into overhangs or are merely incidental, beginning and ending nowhere. Most mountains have ledges whereby difficulties can be circumvented, but there are few ledges in the cliffs of Brussels."

In July, 1948 two American Climbers ascended Brussels but caused plenty of controversy. During the ascent they used drills and expansion bolts for aid, a highly controversial practice at the time. In fact, the European climbers did not like the use of aid, but even with its use the ascent was a classic Rockies struggle in horrendous weather.

After the ascent Smythe and other climbers were outraged, and Smythe went on to comment that I still regard Mount Brussels as unclimbed, and my feelings are no different from those I should have were I to hear that a helicopter was to deposit its passenger on the summit of that mountain just so that he could boast that he had trodden an untrodden mountain top.

Name Notes: Named in 1920 at the same time as Mount Fryatt, by The Interprovincial Boundary Survey after a ship "The Brussels" which was an un-armed merchant ship commanded by Charles Algernon Fryatt, a British merchant seaman that was executed in World War I.

Route Summaries exist for this mountain, but are only available to paid members.

Trip Reports within 1 km
45 1995.08.15 Legendary Mt. Brussels, A Climb of the 'Standard' North Ridge Route Orvel Miskiw


Paper Maps
1:100000Jasper and Maligne Lake Gem Trek
1:400000Canadian Rockies Gem Trek
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Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
14 To Go or Not to Go Orvel Miskiw

Placename Photos
10 The Brussels Group: Mount Christie, Brussels Peak, Mount Lowell Ed Cooper
5 Mount Christie from the Northeast Dieter Kepper