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Mount Athabasca  Alberta   #6
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Columbia Icefield

Height: 3491 m -> 11453 feet
Prominence?: 651 m  
Line Parent?: North Twin (16.5 km away, at bearing 287 degrees)
Greater Parent: North Twin (16.0 km away)

Location:   52.18072,-117.20301     52:10:51, -117:12:11   11U 486119 5781158 (24 km W of Pinto Lake). (82 km W of Nordegg). NTS Mapsheet: 083.C.03   AreaCode: FL27/BC80
First Ascent: 1898 J.Norman Collie; H. Woolley
Mount Athabasca
This peak is #13 on the Height List for Alberta .Located at the east end of the Columbia Icefield, on the divide between the Athabasca and Saskatchewan glaciers. It is the last major peak on the divide before it drops to Sunwapta Pass. Mount Athabasca was first climbed by H. Wooley and J. Collie in 1898, the second highest ascent in the Rockies (after Mt. Temple) up to that date. It took them 19 days of horse and foot travel to get to its base, leaving from the Canadian Pacific Railway station at Lake Louise. From the summit, they saw the Columbia Icefields and Mount Columbia for the first time. In their words it was "Bigger than anything in Switzerland".

Name Notes: The peak was named by Norman Collie when he first ascended the peak.

Trips within 1 km
27 2014.08.02 Mount Athabasca via North Glacier Dave van Zeyl
48 2007.09.08 One More Time - Mount Athabasca Attempt David Wasserman
30 2002.09.20 Frozen Toes on the Silverhorn Tony Swain
25 2000.08.?? Mount Athabasca via Athabasca/Andromeda Glacier Route Ian Hunt
11 null Athabasca - Silverhorn Route Route Rick Collier
8 null Athabasca - North Glacier Route Pierre Signore
12 null Athabasca - North Face Route Pierre Signore


Paper Maps
1:75000Columbia Icefield 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
18 Athabasca Sunset Glow Stephen Skog
14 Sunrise on Mount Athabasca - Summit Ridge Justin Brown
13 Athabasca from Wilcox Peak's Southeast Ridge Stephen Skog
10 Athabasca and Andromeda Steve Sproule
10 Mount Athasbasca - North Aspect Justin Brown
10 The North Ridge of Athabasca from Boundary Peak David Wasserman
8 Mount Athabasca Fred Touche
8 The Ramp on Athabasca's Normal Route David Wasserman
8 The Silverhorn from the Little Athabasca Glacier David Wasserman
5 Athabasca - North Face Serguei Okountsev
5 Mount Athabasca from the Northeast Rick Collier
5 East Face of Mount Athabasca Eric Coulthard
5 Mount Athabasca from the East David Wasserman
5 Mount Athabasca and Hilda Peak Andrew Wong
4 Looking West from Parker Ridge David Wasserman
4 Icefall on Mount Athabasca David Wasserman
4 Telephoto of Mounts Athabasca and Andromeda from the Northeast Rick Collier
3 Mount Athabasca and Hilda Peak Eric Coulthard

Placename Photos
18 Tangle Ridge, Wilcox Peak, and Sunwapta Peak David Wasserman
13 South Faces of Mount Andromeda and Mount Athabasca Eric Coulthard
13 Columbia Icefield Panorama from Tangle Ridge Eric Coulthard
11 Tangle Ridge and the Columbia Icefields Eric Coulthard
10 Sunrise over the Sunwapta Valley David Wasserman
10 Wilcox Peak Panorama Ian Hunt
8 Descent from Wilcox David Wasserman
7 Labelled Panorama from Castleguard, Part 2 David Wasserman
7 Mount Kitchener's Southeast Face from Mount Athabasca's North Glacier David Wasserman
6 Mount Amery from the South Eric Coulthard
5 Summit of Silverhorn Martin Belanger
5 Castleguard Mountain, Mount Andromeda, and Mount Athabasca Rick Collier
5 Mount Athabasca and Silverhorn Kevin Altheim
4 Athabasca - North Side Routes Pierre Signore
4 Athabasca - North Face Routes Pierre Signore
3 Athabasca-Andromeda (AA) col Jason Dixon
3 Athabasca - Crux of the North Face Pierre Signore