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Patterson's Peak  Alberta
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Highwood Range

Height: 2728 m -> 8950 feet
Prominence?: 244 m  
Line Parent?: Pyriform S5 (1.8 km away, at bearing 250 degrees)
Greater Parent: Pyriform S5 (2.0 km away)

Location:   50.47769,-114.68233     50:28:40, -114:40:56   11U 664441 5594311 (32 km W of Longview). NTS Mapsheet: 082.J.07   AreaCode: FL04/EG78
Patterson's Peak from the Northwest
Located between Head Creek and the W fork of Trap Creek. On the 1:50,000 maps it is not labelled. It is a rocky peak, with no glaciers or nearby lakes. It is in the Highwood ranges.

Name Notes: Named by Raymond M. Patterson (1898-1984) after himself. Patterson was an explorer, author, and rancher and after an unsuccessful solo attempt claimed name to this peak. While ascending he was stopped by overhanging rock and after that slid out of control down a snowslope onto the rocks at the bottom, thankfully without injury. In a story in his book "Far Pastures" he wrote "All in all it was a memorable day and I still feel I have a sort of squatter's right to that mountain", which based on his adventures and the fact the there are numerous unnamed peaks in this area, he did earn the right. Patterson served in World War I, then attended Oxford University, then was employed with the Bank of England. Longing for adventure he moved to Canada and homesteaded in the Peace River area from 1924 to 1929. During this time he made an impressive solo canoe trip to the Nahanni River and later wrote a book about it called "The Dangerous River". In 1933 he looked S, moving there after purchasing the Buffalo Head Ranch in the Highwood Valley W of Longview from George Pocaterra, who was a friend of his. Once established on his new ranch he made extensive travels of the region focusing on the Highwood area, Kananaskis, and Elk Valley in BC. In 1945 changing lifestyles prompted him to sell the Ranch then him and his wife, with 3 packhorses, rode over the Highwood and North Kananaskis Passes to live in BC. In his book "The Buffalo Head" he writes of his times at the ranch but mostly of his adventures in the Canadian Rockies and the book is regarded as "classic" Rocky Mountain literature.

The name was not officially adopted until 2000, and on August 19, 2000 there was a ceremony to dedicate the name on Sullivan Hill which was arranged by Patterson's biographer David Finch. Gillean Daffern and Dave Birrell (Peakfinder.com) also helped to make the name official and were in attendance to the ceremony, as well as numerous others, including Patterson's widow, Marigold Patterson, their sons Robin and Alan, and their daughter Janet Blanchet. Patterson's biography is called "R.M. Patterson - A Life of Great Adventure" and was published by Rocky Mountain Books in December, 2000.

Trip Reports within 1 km
37 2011.06.21 An Ascent of the Original Route on Pattersons Peak Rick Collier

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Paper Maps
1:50000Highwood & Cataract Creek - South Kananaskis Country Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta Southeast B.C. Explorer's Map (Road Map) Gem Trek
 

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
10 Patterson's Peak from the Northwest Rick Collier
6 Patterson's Peak (from the Northwest) Rick Collier
5 Northeast Aspect of Patterson's Peak Rick Collier

Placename Photos
8 The Northeast Face of Peak 28-42 and the Summit Ridge of Patterson's Peak Rick Collier
7 Mist Mountain from the Southeast Rick Collier