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Mons Peak  Alberta/British Columbia   #329
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges

Height: 3087 m -> 10128 feet
Prominence?: 367 m  
Line Parent?: Cambrai Mountain (4.9 km away, at bearing 128 degrees)
Greater Parent: Cambrai Mountain (5.0 km away)

Location:   51.86000,-117.03500     51:51:36, -117:02:06   11U 497590 5745467 (62 km N of Golden). NTS Mapsheet: 082.N.14   AreaCode: FL17/IA53
First Ascent: 1902 Party Guide Journal Refs. Other Refs. 1902 J. Outram J. Ourtram C. Kaufmann
Mons Peak from the North
Mons Peak lies on the continental divide, at the western edge of the Mons Icefield, south of the Lyell Icefield. To the west is a vertical drop into Icefall Brook and Valenciennes River. To the east is the Mons Icefield, leading to Mount Forbes.

A straightforward climb on skis from the Mons Icefield, via the glacier on the north slopes. Spectacular views down into Icefall Brook and Valenciennes River. The Valenciennes River once represented the heart of the wilderness to Alberta mountaineers, but sadly, it is now logged, and the areas not logable were burned by careless slash burning fires.

Mons Peak was named for the village of Mons, Belgium which was retaken from the Germans by Canadian forces just prior to the end of World War I, in 1918. In August 1914, near the beginning of the war, allied troops had suffered a losing battle at this same spot. Mons is one of numerous World War I names in the area. Interestingly enough, this peak was first climbed more than 10 years before the battle, and almost 20 years before it was named. References: CAJ:27-180, App10-209.

Trip Reports within 1 km
77 1992.05.20 Lyell-Forbes Ski Traverse Robin Tivy


Paper Maps
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
9 Mons Peak from the North Rick Collier
8 Mons Peak from the NE Rick Collier
7 Mons Peak from the South Rick Collier

Placename Photos
11 Labelled Panorama -Nanga Parbat to Golden Eagle Eric Coulthard
10 Mons, Arras, and Bush from the Lyell Icefield Rick Collier