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Mount Lyell (Lyell 3, Ernest Peak)  Alberta/British Columbia   #9
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges

Height: 3498 m -> 11476 feet
Prominence?: 1078 m  
Line Parent?: Mount Forbes (15.9 km away, at bearing 132 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Forbes (16.0 km away)

Location:   51.95677,-117.10344     51:57:24, -117:06:12   11U 492892 5756235 (25 km SW of Pinto Lake). (73 km N of Golden). NTS Mapsheet: 082.N.14   AreaCode: FL17/JB50
First Ascent: 1926 A.J. Ostheimer, M.M. Strumia, J.M. Thorington, E. Feuz
Lyell North Face
This peak is #11 on the Height List for Alberta . This peak is #31 in Prominence List for Alberta . This peak is #27 on the Height List for British Columbia .Located at the head of Lyell Creek and Arctomys Creek. Mount Lyell is a heavily glaciated peak that sticks a few hundred meters above the Lyell Icefield. One can ski almost to the summit, although most will remove skis and kick steps for the final slope. The three northernmost peaks of Lyell can easily be climbed in one day from the same camp. The 2 most southern peaks typically require a second day, since they cannot be easily traversed along the ridge. They are most easily climbed by descending to the Lyell Icefield, then going around to the south.

Name Notes: Adopted in 1912. In 1858, James Hector named the entire massif "Mount Lyell" in honor of Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1858). In 1972, the 5 sub-peaks were given separate names after 5 swiss guides. See Rudolph Peak, Edward Peak, Ernest peak, Walter peak, Christian peak.

Sir Charles Lyell (1797 - 1875) was best known for his geology work and popularizer of uniformitarianism. Uniformitarianism is the principle in which one assumes that the same processes that shaped the universe occurred then as they do now, unless there is good evidence otherwise. His most important work was in the field of stratigraphy. In 1828, he travelled to the south of France and to Italy, where he realised that the recent strata could be categorised according to the number and proportion of marine shells encased within. Based on this he proposed dividing the Tertiary period into three parts, which he named the Pliocene, Miocene, and Eocene. His book "Principles of Geology" was the most influential geological work in the middle of the 19th century, and did much to put geology on a modern footing. Lyell was a close friend of Charles Darwin, and one of the first to support "The Origin of Species", although he never fully supported natural selection as the driving force behind evolution.

Route Summaries exist for this mountain, but are only available to paid members.

Trip Reports within 1 km
52 2015.06.28 Mount Farbus from the Lyell Hut Vern Dewit
77 1992.05.20 Lyell-Forbes Ski Traverse Robin Tivy
15 null Walter Peak on Lyell Massif - South Ridge Route Robin Tivy

2004.03.17 Prominence proof Kevin Altheim

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
17 Lyell North Face John Scurlock
10 Lyell and Alexandra Glacier John Scurlock
10 Mount Lyell from Camp on Lyell Icefield Robin Tivy
9 The Five Lyell Peaks Vern Dewit
9 The Lyells at Sunset Rick Collier
9 Arctomys Peak and Mount Lyell from the Valley of Lakes David Wasserman
8 The Lyell Group from Mount Farbus Rick Collier
7 The Lyell Group from the Southeast (1995) Rick Collier
7 The Lyell Group from the Southeast Rick Collier
6 Mount Lyell 2 and 3, Edward Peak and Ernest Peak at sunset Dieter Kepper
6 The Lyell Group from Mount Alexandra Rick Collier

Placename Photos
13 View South from Summit of Castleguard David Wasserman
10 Terrace Mountain Panorama Eric Coulthard
10 Mount Lyell, Watchman Peak and Oppy Mountain Eric Coulthard
8 South Face of Mount Forbes Eric Coulthard
7 Labelled Panorama from Castleguard, Part 2 David Wasserman
7 Labelled Panorama from Castleguard, Part 1 David Wasserman
6 Mount Lyell, Farbus Mountain and Oppy Mountain Eric Coulthard
6 Mount Lyell from Arctomys Peak Steve Sheriff