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Mount Edith Cavell  Alberta   #8
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges

Height: 3363 m -> 11033 feet
Prominence?: 2007 m above Fortress Pass
Line Parent?: Mount King Edward (68.0 km away, at bearing 147 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Columbia (71.0 km away)

Location:   52.66718,-118.05708     52:40:02, -118:03:25   11U 428516 5835773 (10 km N of Simon River Camp). (24 km S of Jasper). NTS Mapsheet: 083.D.09   AreaCode: FL28/GA65
First Ascent: 1915 A. Gilmour; E. Holway
Mount Edith Cavell in April from Skyline Trail
This peak is #36 on the Height List for Alberta . This peak is #3 in Prominence List for Alberta .Mount Edith Cavell, with its broad rocky summit, is located in Jasper National Park near the Icefield Parkway. It is a very popular mountain, its popularity attributable in part to its accessability.

Name Notes: Mount Edith Cavell was originally called Mount Fitsbugh till World War 1 when it was renamed. Edith Louisa Cavell (December 4, 1865 - October 12, 1915) is one of the few famous heroines of World War I. Edith Cavell was born at Swardeston in Norfolk, where her father was rector, in 1865; she trained as a nurse. In 1907, she was appointed matron of the Berkendael Institute in Brussels in Belgium. When World War I broke out, the hospital was taken over by the Red Cross. Nurse Cavell is alleged to have helped hundreds of soldiers from the allied forces to escape from occupied Belgium to the Netherlands, in violation of military law. In 1915, she was arrested and court-martialled by the Germans for this offence. She made no defence and was shot at dawn on October 12, becoming a popular martyr and entering British history as a heroine. The execution took place at the tir national, a State military site (today a memorial, near the State televison buildings), where she was buried. Edith Cavell's case became an important article of British propaganda throughout the war. The German medical officer assisting was the expressionist poet Gottfried Benn (1886-1956), who gave an account of the event.

The night before her execution she told the English chaplain, who had been allowed to see her, "I realise that patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone." These words are inscribed on her statue in St. Martin's Place, near Trafalgar Square in London.

After the war Edith Cavell was reburied in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral. In 1916, Mount Edith Cavell in the Canadian Rockies was named in her honour. An important hospital of Brussels bears her name, too.

1. Northwest Ridge Class 3 - steep scree, cross exposed snowslope. This is the easiest way up the peak. Start at the Cavell Lake parking lot and hike the [Roadx2302-Astoria River Trail] for 4 km, then up the [Roadx3793-Verdant Creek Trail] to the West Bowl. Bypass cliffs at the base of the bowl using gullies on climber's left. Ascend loose bowl to subpeak on northwest Ridge at 2980m. From subpeak, follow upper northwest ridge to a rock band just before summit. This steep step below the summit can be bypassed by traversing across the steep looking upper west face to the southwest ridge. Finish along Southwest Ridge to summit. Average Time: 2 days
2. East Ridge Low Class 5. Start at the parking lot at the end of Mount Edith Calvell Road. Approach by hiking the Cavell Meadows Trail to the snowfield below the toe of the East Ridge. Ascend to the ridge toe using steep neve snow. Scramble lower ridge through easy ledges (loose in places) on the right of a snow couloir to the shoulder. Alternatively, climb the snow couloir depending on conditions. Bypass a knoll to the south (left) and continue along shoulder to base of upper ridge. To reach this point, several easy stretches of snow requiring ice axe and possibly crampons have to be negotiated. The lower third of the upper ridge is an easy scramble. The top part of the upper ridge is a more difficult and sustained scramble on good rock with lots of holds and moderate exposure (low class 5). Continue to East Summit and Main Summit along broad snow-covered summit.

Trips within 1 km
60 2006.07.22 East Ridge - Edith Cavell Henrik Hinkkala
32 1993.08.06 Edith Cavell Northwest Ridge - Route Description Route Robin Tivy
68 1993.07.31 Fraser River - Tonquin Valley Traverse Klaus Haring
16 null Edith Cavell - East Ridge Route Pierre Signore


Paper Maps
1:100000Jasper and Maligne Lake Gem Trek
1:400000Canadian Rockies Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta & Southeast British Columbia Gem Trek

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
24 Mount Edith Cavell in April from Skyline Trail Robin Tivy
11 Mount Edith Cavell and the Cornice at the Notch David Wasserman
10 North Face of Mount Edith Cavell Ed Cooper
7 Mount Edith Cavell from the North Eric Coulthard
7 Upper Slopes of Mount Edith Cavell Ian Hunt
6 Upper East Ridge, Edith Cavell Doug Artman
6 Angel Glacier from Cavell Meadows David Wasserman
6 Mount Edith Cavell from the South Dieter Kepper
5 Angel Glacier David Wasserman
5 Mount Edith Cavell Massif from the south Dieter Kepper
5 Descending the West Ridge of Mount Edith Cavell Cam Shute
5 Mount Edith Cavell Seen from Whistlers Peak Ed Cooper
5 Angel Glacier on Mount Edith Cavell Ed Cooper
4 Upper East Ridge on Mount Edith Cavell Alex Joseph
4 Mount Edith Cavell from the West (Verdant Pass) Dieter Kepper
4 Angel Glacier from the Northeast Kevin Altheim
4 Upper Angel Glacier and Cavell Lake from Mount Edith Cavell Scott Fiddes
4 Mount Edith Cavell and Jasper Ed Cooper
4 Mount Edith Cavell Dieter Kepper
3 Mount Edith Cavell from the West Dieter Kepper
3 Mount Edith Cavell Seen from Southeast, and Athabasca River Ed Cooper

Placename Photos
14 Edith Cavell and Throne Mountain from the Skyline Trail David Wasserman
9 View past Vertex Peak Klaus Haring
5 Southern Outlier of Mount Edith Cavell from the West Dieter Kepper