According to Boles, et al., this peak was named by Mary Schaffer in honour of Edward VII (1841-1910). He ascended to the British throne in 1901 after his mother, Queen Victoria, had ruled for almost three-quarters of a century. King Edward was first climbed in August of 1921 by J.W.A. Hickson, H. Palmer, and the guide Conrad Kain via the Athabaska Valley and the tongue of the Columbia Icefield that drops down N into that valley. This long approach, however, is no longer necessary, although in general the ascent up the massif is today the same as that used by Hickson and his partners.
Approach: It is a long drive to the staging area for King Edward, no matter where you start from - some 5-6 hours - and a good deal of it is on logging roads. Essentially it is the same approach as that described by Alan Kane for Mt. Bryce. However, instead of heading up Rice Brook, one should continue on up the Bush River another 5 km or so to a point just past the unnamed drainage descending S from Mt.... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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