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Fossil Mountain  Alberta   #1787
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Slate Range

Height: 2946 m -> 9665 feet
Prominence?: 471 m above Deception Pass
Line Parent?: Mount Richardson (5.4 km away, at bearing 262 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Richardson (5.0 km away)

Location:   51.50273,-116.04552     51:30:10, -116:02:44   11U 566249 5706165 (24 km E of Sherbrooke Lake). (13 km NE of Lake Louise). NTS Mapsheet: 082.N.09   AreaCode: FL16/FA04
First Ascent: 1906 Dominion Topographic Survey, M.P. Bridgland and party
1.2 km N of Baker Lake, immediately NE of Deception Pass. Bridgland named the peak for reasons obvious underfoot.

Name Notes: Named in 1906 because numerous fossils are found on the peak. The first death from skiing in the Canadian Rockies happend on Fossil on April 7, 1933. Raymond Paley ascended Fossil but was killed in an avalanche on his way down. He was staying in nearby Skoki Lodge and left to ascend Fossil after lunch on April 7 when he disappeared. His tracks were found leading into a huge slab avalanche in which his body was found the following morning.

Some people claim to have been seen his ghost while skiing in the area.

Trip Reports within 1 km
63 2005.09.05 A Delicious Feast of Summits! (9 Skoki Peaks in 72 Hours) Vern Dewit
21 1986.02.11 Fossil - Southwest Slopes Route Graeme Pole
16 null Fossil - North Ridge - Traverse Route Graeme Pole


Paper Maps
1:50000Lake Louise & Yoho Gem Trek
1:100000Banff & Mount Assiniboine Gem Trek
1:250000Banff National Park Gem Trek
1:400000Best of The Icefields Parkway Gem Trek
1:400000Canadian Rockies Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta & Southeast British Columbia Gem Trek

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
10 Fossil Mountain and Ptarmigan Lake Don Funk
9 Fossil Mountain from Baker Lake Campground David Wasserman

Placename Photos
12 Ptarmigan Lake Panorama: Summer Rick Collier
7 Brachiopod Summit Block from Ridge David Wasserman
6 Deception Pass David Wasserman