Although not visible from Lake Louise, Mount Aberdeen was nonetheless something of a trade route for the Swiss guides stationed there during the early 1900's. With a very short, but attractive approach and great views from the top, this peak still makes a very worthwhile goal.
Although once a simple walk-up the east slopes, albeit on a glacier, this peak has become more challenging as a result of ablation. Some years, the lack of neve reveals a complex of crevasses below the hourglass and a bergshrund offering some objective danger. The route now carries a Grade II rating. For more information on the East Slopes route of Mount Aberdeen consult Sean Dougherty's Selected Alpine Climbs in the Canadian Rockies. See Guidebooks.
Name Notes: Named in 1897 by J.J. McArthur in 1897 after Sir John Campbell Hamilton Gordon (1847-1934) who was the 7th Earl of Aberdeen and the Governor General of Canada from 1893 to 1898. Gordon visited Lake Louise in 1893. Gordon's Grandfather was the 4th Earl of Aberdeen and was the British Foreign Secretary who was involved in the Oregon Treaty.