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Mount Blakiston

Location: Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Elevation: 2,910 metres

Range: ClarkRange, Canadian Rockies

Candidate number: 45

MountBlakiston is the highest point within WatertonLakesNational Park. The mountain can be viewed on the road in to WatertonLakes and from the road to RedRockCanyon. Among the typical sedimentary layers typical of mountains in the Rockies, MountBlakiston’s layers include an intrusion of diabase, a volcanic rock that was squeezed in between the sedimentary layers. This greenish-black relative of basalt can be seen in the east and south facing cliffs. There is a steep but frequently-climbed scramble route to the summit and routes leading to neighbouring Mounts Hawkins and Lineham.

The mountain was named after Thomas Blakiston, a very remarkable man who explored the area as an intended member of the Palliser expedition in 1858. He was recommended for the expedition by Sir Henry Lefroy as a magnetic observer and was also to see if there wasn’t a suitable route for a transcontinental railway. During the expedition, however, Blakiston had some differences with expedition leader, John Palliser, and once on his way to the Rockies, he sent a letter telling Palliser that he had thrown off Palliser’s command. Blakiston followed the eastern edge of the Rockies and explored CrowsnestPass and KootenayPass and determined the area to be within BritishTerritory, therefore suitable for a railway. He refused to give his observations to John Palliser and in 1859 returned to England to hand over his documents on his own. He later explored the Yangtze River in China and then spent time in Japan compiling a catalogue of Japan’s birds. A brief detail of his accomplishments is mentioned on Peakfinder.

Sources:

Peakfinder

Peakware

SummitPost

Wikipedia

Bivouac

Photos:

100 Famous Mountains of Canada on Flickr

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Mount Joffre

Mount Joffre

Location: Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta/British Columbia
Elevation: 3,449 metres (or 3,450 metres, depending on the source)
Range: Canadian Rockies, Continental Divide
Candidate #44

Mount Joffre is situated in a group of mountains known as the World War One General group. Named after the French field marshal, Marshal Joseph Jaques Cesaire Joffre, Mount Joffre is the highest peak in the generals group and the highest between Mount Assiniboine and the U.S. border. It is ice-covered on the north, east, and south east sides with ice fields and glaciers and holds the largest accumulation of ice in the southern Rockies. The west face presents a formidable rocky face.

Scramblers will be glad to know that it is possible to reach the summit via two different routes that are not too difficult, though crampons and other essential scrambling gear is required. The east route follows the snow-covered ridge and the southeast route climbs a scree slope. The summit is snow-covered. There are excellent views of Elk Lakes Provincial Park and Sylvan Pass, and the ridge makes a fairly easy route to reach other mountains, according to one source. The climb is normally done from Aster Lakes and the Mangin Glacier.

The mountain is somewhat remote and can only be seen from Highway 40 for a short distance two kilometres north of the junction with the Kananaskis Trail. Another mountain named Mount Joffre is in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia.

Photos:

100 Famous Mountains of Canada Flickr

Sources:

summitpost

wikipedia

peakware (note the photo here is of another Mount Joffre)

bivouac

peakfinder

peakery

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