|Athabasca Pass #632|
SaddleHeight: 1753 m (5751 ft)
Key Peak: Mount Fryatt
Lat Long: (from Mtn Saddle) 52.3824,-118.1895
Prominence (depth) is 1608m below Mount Fryatt.
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
Athabasca Pass is on the Continental Divide, between the headwaters of the Whirlpool River (Athabasca) and Wood River (Columbia R). It goes between Mounts Hooker and Brown, the legendary 17000' peaks. Today, the pass is seldom used as a pass, since the construction of the Mica Dam flooded the Wood River valley and essentially blocked land access to the British Columbia side. Just on the British Columbia side is a small tarn called the Committee's Punch Bowl. FtrHistory: The pass was first crossed by David Thompson of the HBC in 1811. It was then the main fur trade route between Hudson Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Traders of the Hudson's Bay Company would stop at the Committee's Punch Bowl and drink a toast to the governors of the company. The first mountaineering interest in the pass was in 1827, when David Douglas ascended Mount Brown from the pass in winter conditions. He recorded the heights of Brown and Hooker as being 17000'. For years mountaineers sought these massive peaks without success, until their actual elevations were established and the nonexistence of any peaks above 14,000 feet in the Canadian Rockies was confirmed. The Douglas Fir tree was named after David Douglas.
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