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Mount Pocaterra  Alberta   #28947
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Elk Range

Height: 2941 m -> 9649 feet
Prominence?: 731 m  
Line Parent?: Mount Rae (4.7 km away, at bearing 55 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Rae (5.0 km away)

Location:   50.59915,-115.02900     50:35:57, -115:01:44   11U 639487 5607104 (9 km E of Upper Kananaskis Lake). (51 km SW of Bragg Creek). (5 km SW of Mount Rae). NTS Mapsheet: 082.J.11   AreaCode: FL05/FA92
This peak is located on the crest of the ridge, about 1.5 km north of Mount Tyrwhitt. It is not labelled on the 1:50,000 map. On the map, this is a long thin ridge like peak running north-south. and joined to the lower Mount Tyrwhitt. The peak is reportedly a double summit, with the north summit slightly higher. (On the 1:50,000 map there is no contour shown for the double summit).

Name Notes: The peak was named after Pocaterra creek, which was named for George Pocaterra. He lived in and travelled this area extensively in the early 1900's. He was born in a valley of the Italian Alps, and attended university in Switzerland and was fluent in four languages. He established a ranch called "Buffalo Head Ranch" in the Highland valley. This ranch was eventually purchased by his close friend Raymond M. Patterson in 1933.

As well as ranching, Pocaterra was involved in trapping, hunting, coal exploration, and in the general exploration of the area. Some of the trips undertaken with Raymond Patterson are described in Patterson's best known book, "The Buffalo Head."

While becoming familiar with many untravelled areas in southern Alberta, Pocaterra made friends with the Indians. He was very proud of learning their native languages and folklore, and became blood brother to a Stoney named Spotted Wolf, travelling with him into the wild country of the Rockies when the only access was via ancient Indian trails.

The country that George Pocaterra loved below what is now Pocaterra Creek changed extensively with the development of the Kananaskis Lakes to produce electrical power. Pocaterra wrote, "I was probably the first white man to see the beautiful lake district from the south. The most beautiful mountain scenery in the world, as far as I am concerned, was at these lakes, but now it is completely spoiled by the power dams, and the drowning of the marvelously beautiful islands and exquisitely curving beaches, the cutting down of the century old trees, and the drying up of the twin falls between the two lakes and of the falls below the lower lake."

Trip Reports within 1 km
28 2006.07.26 An Ascent of the East Face of Mount Pocaterra Rick Collier


Paper Maps
1:50000Kananaskis Lakes Gem Trek
1:250000Banff National Park Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta & Southeast British Columbia Gem Trek

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