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Gibraltar Mountain (Sheer Cliff)  Alberta   #757
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Highwood Range

Height: 2665 m -> 8743 feet
Prominence?: 455 m  
Line Parent?: Mist Mountain (6.5 km away, at bearing 232 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mist Mountain (7.0 km away)

Location:   50.59051,-114.83670     50:35:26, -114:50:12   11U 653123 5606524 (23 km E of Upper Kananaskis Lake). (40 km SW of Millarville). NTS Mapsheet: 082.J.10   AreaCode: FL04/FI93
Gibraltar Mountain II
Located S of the Sheep River and N of Cliff Creek in the Highwood Range. The N face is approximately 700m high and overhanging in places. It is home to the first extended aid climb done in the Rockies and was ascended by Billy Davidson and Jim White. The climb took 8 and 1/2 days. There is also a route more on the east side of the face called Rainbow Warrior. Some detail about these routes can be found in John Martin's Kananaskis Rock guidebook.

Name Notes: It was named in 1928 because some thought it resembled the Rock of Gibraltar in the Mediterranean Sea. In the summer of 1918 three young men working at the Burns coal mine ascended the mountain. While on the summit one of them was near the edge of the cliff when wind gusts pushed one of them over the edge and the body was never found. 40 years later when the buildings of the old Burns mine were about to be razed, a trunk with some of the victims belongings was found.

Trip Reports within 1 km

2014.07.02 Sheep River access Fraser Judd

Paper Maps
1:50000Highwood & Cataract Creek - South Kananaskis Country Gem Trek
1:250000Banff National Park Canada: Map and Guide in One Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta Southeast B.C. Explorer's Map (Road Map) Gem Trek

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9 Gibraltar Mountain II Rick Collier
6 Gibraltar Mountain III Rick Collier
5 Northwest from Shunga-la-she Rick Collier
3 Gibraltar Mountain I Rick Collier