Mount Hooker Alberta/British Columbia #485
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Hooker Icefield
Height: 3287 m -> 10784 feet
Prominence?: 540 m
Line Parent?: Mount Scott (5.4 km away, at bearing 28 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Scott (5.0 km away)
Location: 52.40591,-118.09307 52:24:21, -118:05:35 11U 425642 5806749 (20 km S of Simon River Camp). (53 km S of Jasper). NTS Mapsheet: 083.D.08 AreaCode: FL28/EA09
First Ascent: Friday July 25, 1924 A.J.Ostheimer, Strumia, Thorington, Conrad Kain
| This peak is #70 on the Height List for Alberta .Mount Hooker was first discovered by David Douglas and named by him in 1827. From Athabasca Pass, David Douglas climbed Mount Brown, and from the summit of Brown he saw Hooker, and reported the heights of both of them to be just over 17,000 feet. |
David Douglas, whose name is associated with the Douglas Fir tree, was Professor Brown's student and his ascent was the first recorded climb of a mountain in the Canadian Rockies.
For a century this was believed to be the highest mountain in North America, since the giants of the Saint Elias were only discovered much later.
At the turn of the century, numerous expeditions set out to find the legendary peaks lying astride of Athabasca Pass at the head of the Whirlpool River. Finally the error in calculation was discovered - although Douglas was correct in measuring its height above Athabasca Pass to be over 5000 feet, he had made a huge error in the height of the pass itself - assuming it to be 12,000 feet and thus the error.
Both Mount Brown and Mount Hooker were named by David Douglas after English botanists. The Douglas fir is named after David Douglas.
| Route Summaries exist for this mountain, but are only available to paid members. |
Trip Reports within 1 km
39 2007.08.11 Hooker Icefield Expedition David Henry
2004.01.01 Proof from old Mtn record field David Wasserman
|Subject Photos View Thumbnails|
14 Mount Hooker from Base of Mt Evans David Henry
9 Mount Hooker and Hooker Icefield from East David Henry
7 Hooker South Face John Scurlock
5 Hooker Icefield Peaks David Henry
4 Mount Hooker from the north Dieter Kepper
13 View North West of Mount Columbia Eric Coulthard
3 Scott Glacier from the north Dieter Kepper