One will find Mt. Eon on the Mount Assiniboine map (82 J/13) at GR 970321. It is part of the continental divide that includes the Assiniboine group (Magog, Assiniboine, Lunette, and Aye) to the N and Gloria, Aurora, and Red Man to the E and S. According to Boles, et al., the name was likely applied to this peak by Sir James Outram, the early alpinist who first ascended Assiniboine. The name undoubtedly refers both to the apparent age of this peak (and of others nearby) and to the clearly visible bands of horizontal strata, which on many peaks (but not in any really interesting fashion on this one) reveal layer upon layer of fossilized remains from antediluvian times. In effect, such mountains become a museum set-piece that reveals, as one reads the strata from uppermost to lowest, the historical record of the passing of the eons.
Eon was first ascended by Dr. Winthrop Ellsworth Stone (1861-1921) in July of 1921. Stone was the president of Purdue University and brother of a yet-to-be US Supreme Court justice, Harlan Stone. That the date of Eon's first ascent and of Stone's demise are the same is no coincidence - herein lies the drama, mentioned earlier, that surrounds this peak. While at an ACC camp at Marvel Pass, Dr. Stone and his wife Margaret determined that they would attempt the first ascent of Eon. However, the approach to Eon from Marvel Pass is lengthy and unpleasant, and must certainly have taken its toll on the two... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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