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Candidate: #32

Location: Banff National Park, Alberta

Elevation: 3,197 metres

Range: Waputik Range, Canadian Rockies

One of the several classic images of the Canadian Rockies is of the view over Peyto Lake from the observation deck built up a mountainside on the south side of the lake. While many people may actually remember the name of the lake, far fewer ever learn the name of the massive bulk of mountain that fills the background scenery.

Mount Patterson rises in three levels and has glaciers hanging between them. It is said to have one of the most picturesque glaciers in the Canadian Rockies. The Snowbird glacier nests in the cradle of a cirque on the north east side of the mountain. Because of the high cirque walls and the ice falls, this glacier has changed little over the years, still filling the cirque and dropping extra ice build-up over the ice fall to its tail below.

The mountain was named in 1917 after the third president of the Alpine Club of Canada, John Duncan Patterson, who became president of the club in 1914 and stayed on until 1920. It was first climbed in 1924 by F.V. Field, W.O. Field, and Edward Feuz Jr.

The most common route to the summit is past the Snowbird Glacier. It is said to be not a difficult route but a long one that takes about 10 to 14 hours up and back. Passing the ice falls of the glacier there is some danger of falling debris but the glacier has holes and ice walls that provide shelter.

Sources:

Bivouac

Peakware

PeakFinder

Photos:

Flickr 100 Famous Mountains of Canada

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