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An Ascent of Eon Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2019.08.24 - 16:37:57
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges
  (2 days)
Participants: Rick Collier, Reg Bonney, Bill Hurst
Difficulty: 3: Moderate scrambling, with exposure
This report recounts an ascent of Mount Eon via Eon Creek, a route that has now become the standard on this peak
Mt. Eon has a great deal to recommend it as a climb - it's situated in a relatively remote and unvisited area of the Rockies; it's close to Assiniboine and so possesses some of the more spectacular views in the southern part of the range; it is a demanding but not technical ascent; and it has a more dramatic history than most peaks.

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...

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