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Mount Assiniboine  Alberta/British Columbia   #1479
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges

Height: 3616 m -> 11864 feet
Prominence?: 2086 m above Howse Pass
Line Parent?: Mount Forbes (141.4 km away, at bearing 322 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Columbia (188.0 km away)

Location:   50.86959,-115.65090     50:52:11, -115:39:03   11U 594929 5636190 (32 km SW of Canmore). NTS Mapsheet: 082.J.13   AreaCode: FL05/IG65
First Ascent: 1901 James Outram; C. Bohren; Christian. Hasler Sr. (App 10-48; AJ 20-545; CAJ 1-90) Other reference Outram 38.
Sunrise on Mt Assiniboine reflected in Lake Magog
This peak is #6 on the Height List for Alberta . This peak is #2 in Prominence List for Alberta . This peak is #16 on the Height List for British Columbia . This peak is #23 in Prominence List for British Columbia .Mount Assiniboine is an impressive pyramid sometimes referred to as the Canadian Matterhorn. Either Assiniboine or Forbes is the tallest of the eighteen peaks that comprise the southern component of the group of fifty-two eleven-thousand-plus summits of the Rocky Mountains. As well, it is usually considered the queen of the southern Rockies, partly because of its height which causes it to tower above its surroundings, but also because of its aesthetically symmetrical and pyramidal shape, as well as its inspiring location. For all these reasons, it is a peak frequently visited, often ranking in the estimation of the non-local climber up with Robson and even Mount Alberta.

Height Notes:
 In some lists of the 11,000 foot peaks in descending order, Assiniboine is shown as being higher than Mount Forbes. However, the latest TRIM data shows Forbes at 3617' and Assiniboine at 3616'. We have taken the height to be 3616m based on spot height on the BC Trim maps. See the attached "Mountain Notes" for an analysis.

Name Notes: Named in 1885 by George M. Dawson in 1885 after the name of the Stoney or Assiniboines First Nations. James Outram described Assiniboine majestically in the following from his writing about the mountain, "Its massive pyramid forms a conspicuous landmark from almost every considerable eminence for scores of miles around, towering fully 1500 feet above its neighbours, and by its isolation no less than by its splendid outline commanding attention and admiration." The Assiniboine, also known as the Assnipwan or sometimes the Stone Sioux, are originally from the Northern Great Plains area of North America (Montana, Saskatchewan, Alberta and southwestern Manitoba around the US/Canadian border). Images of Assiniboine people were painted by such 19th century artists as Karl Bodmer and George Catlin. The Assiniboine have many similarities to the Lakota (Sioux) people in lifestyle, linguistics, and cultural habits, and are considered to be a band of the "Nakoda" or middle division of the Lakota. Mount Assiniboine adopted in 1917.

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

Trip Reports within 1 km
39 2016.08.15 Mt Assiniboine Summit: lucky weather window Manouane Deschenes
20 2003.08.15 Ascent of the W Ridge of Mt. Magog Rick Collier
23 1994.07.21 Lunette Peak (Lost Peak) Rick Collier
17 1994.07.17 Ascent of Mount Sturdee Rick Collier
66 1981.08.07 A Memorable Alpine Start on Mt. Assiniboine Orvel Miskiw
22 1965.08.01 Assiniboine from Canmore John Peck
17 null Assiniboine - Approach and Various Routes Route Rick Collier
8 null Assiniboine - North Face Route Pierre Signore
12 null Assiniboine - North Ridge Route Rick Collier
8 null Assiniboine - South Ridge Route Rick Collier

Comments
2010.12.05 Height notes for Assiniboine Robin Tivy

Paper Maps
1:100000Banff & Mount Assiniboine Gem Trek
1:250000Banff National Park Canada: Map and Guide in One Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta Southeast B.C. Explorer's Map (Road Map) Gem Trek
 

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
23 Mount Assiniboine South Ridge and East Face Reid Holmes
15 Assiniboine - North Face Pierre Signore
11 Mount Assiniboine from Lake Magog Tyler Linn
10 The Magnificent Mount Assiniboine from Lake Magog Ed Cooper
9 Mount Assiniboine - Southwest Side Jeff Volp
8 Assiniboine from Indian Peak Rick Collier
7 West Face of Assiniboine Rick Collier
7 Assiniboine through the Trees Rick Collier
7 Assinboine (and Friends) from the East Rick Collier
6 Mount Assiniboine Wanda La Claire
6 Mt Assiniboine and Sunburst Peak reflected in Sunburst Lake Martin Godwyn
5 The Moon over Mount Assiniboine Wanda La Claire
5 Mount Assiniboine, Dawn Start Kyle Martens
5 Mount Assiniboine Group of Peaks (from the Southwest) Rick Collier
5 Mount Assiniboine East Face Vern Dewit
5 Sunrise on Mt Assiniboine reflected in Lake Magog Martin Godwyn
5 Mt Assiniboine at dawn from the Nublet Martin Godwyn
5 Mt Assiniboine panorama at dawn from the Nub ridge Martin Godwyn
5 Mt Assiniboine panorama from Marvel lookout Martin Godwyn
5 The Back Door to Assiniboine Rick Collier
4 Assiniboine and its Neighbours in Winter Rick Collier
4 Assiniboine and Lunette from the West (1) Rick Collier
4 Classic Shot of Assiniboine and Magog Lake Rick Collier
3 Assiniboine and Lunette from the West (2) Rick Collier

Placename Photos
11 Peaks South of Hawk Ridge Rick Collier
11 Eon Mountain Scott Fiddes
9 Summit view from Nub Peak Vern Dewit
8 Nearing the Summit of Aye Mountain Rick Collier
8 Assiniboine, Sturdee, and The Marshal Rick Collier
8 Cone from Buller Pond Kevin Altheim
7 Mount Smuts and Mount Shark from near Chester Lake David Wasserman
7 Mount Morrison and Mount Turner from Buller Pond David Wasserman
6 Peaks to the East of The Judge Rick Collier
6 Sunshine Meadows: the Lakes David Wasserman
5 Panorama from summit of Mount Chester Alex Joseph
3 Mount Bogart - View West Kevin Altheim
3 Mount Chester - View NW Kevin Altheim
3 Assiniboine and Lunette - Southwest Face Dan Ronsky
2 Mount Galatea - View NW Kevin Altheim