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Mount Chown  Alberta   #205
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges

Height: 3316 m -> 10879 feet
Prominence?: 1746 m above Carcajou Pass
Line Parent?: Mount Robson (36.3 km away, at bearing 151 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Robson (36.0 km away)

Location:   53.39722,-119.41795     53:23:50, -119:25:05   11U 339237 5919184 (48 km N of Tete Jaune Cache). NTS Mapsheet: 083.E.06   AreaCode: FL39/DE91
First Ascent: 1924 G. Hargeaves; W. Putman
Mount Chown from over Chown Creek
This peak is #52 on the Height List for Alberta . This peak is #5 in Prominence List for Alberta .Mount Chown lies north of Mount Robson, on the south arm of the Resthaven Icefield. It is at the head of the Jackpine River Valley. It is on the border of Jasper & Willmore Parks, Alberta. Its southern flank is drained by a long glacier going into Chown Creek and the Smoky River. The peak is within 1 km of the continental divide. It is one of the highest peaks in the area. It can be skied almost to the summit.

Name Notes: Mount Chown was named for Samuel Dwight Chown (1853-1933) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, a general superintendent of the Methodist Church, and one of the founders of the United Church of Canada. The United Church was formed in 1912 due to the needs of hundreds of small prairie towns where it was impractical to have 3 or 4 separate churches. When the Congregational, Presbyterian and Methodist Churches in Canada decided to unite in 1925, the Methodists were the largest denomination and Dr. Samuel Chown was President of the Methodist Conference in Canada. Recognizing the painful struggle that the Presbyterians had with union and realizing that if this new church, this United Church of Canada was to get off on the proper footing, a unique gesture was needed. As the leader of the largest denomination, everyone believed that Dr. Samuel Chown would be the first Moderator of the new United Church, but when the General Council Dr. Chown stood up, removed his name from the ballot, and suggested the name of the Presbyterian Moderator, Dr. George Pidgeon. There was stunned silence - then realization of Samuel Chown's gracious act - then thunderous applause for such a gracious beginning. The peak was named by H.A. Stevens in 1912.

1. From Bess Pass Glacier travel. From camp at Bess Pass, ski 1.5 km down to just above the gravel bars in Chown Creek, then head up the west side of the creek. Keep to the west of the glacier till about 6300', and then cross it to the east side on the relatively flat section. Continue up the east side of the glacier to about 7600', then head west below the cliffs, as close to the north edge of the glacier as possible to avoid crevasses. This takes you to a point just below the 2920m (9600') point on the long west ridge of Chown. (53:23.4-119:23.9). Then head directly west, staying to the north edge of the glacier to avoid crevasses. After several short steep sections, you'll hit the south ridge of Chown, and from there you can ski or walk to the summit. Equipment: Rope, Iceaxe

Trips within 1 km
73 2010.07.31 Success on Chown -- At Last! Rick Collier
43 2009.08.14 Washed Out on a New Approach to Chown Rick Collier
54 1987.03.15 Bess Pass and Mount Chown - Ski Trip Robin Tivy
33 1987.03.15 Overland to Mount Chown on Skis Robin Tivy


Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
18 Mount Chown: The Final 750 Metres Rick Collier
11 Mount Chown from over Chown Creek John Scurlock
9 Seracs on the Upper Chown Glacier Rick Collier
8 Marked Traverse Route on Mount Chown Rick Collier
8 Ascent Routes to the Chown Glacier Rick Collier
7 Mount Chown from below Chown Glacier Steve Sheriff
6 Mount Chown from northwest John Scurlock
6 More Seracs! Rick Collier

Placename Photos
12 The Northeast Aspect of Mount Bess Rick Collier
11 Barricade Mountain: The Approach Route Rick Collier
10 Longstaff from the Whitehorn Klaus Haring
6 The Descent Route from Jackpine Trail to Bess Pass Rick Collier
5 Bess Pass from the Northwest Rick Collier
5 Northwest of Jackpine Pass Rick Collier
5 Mount Bess and Mount Chown from near Bess Pass Steve Sheriff