Fall adventures in the Canadian Rockies.
The mountain in the center is Sunburst Peak, which has a sunmmit elevation of 9,347 ft (2,849 m). It was named in 1953 after the nearby Sunburst Lake which sits northwest of the peak alongside Lake Magog and Cerulean Lake. The first recorded ascent of Sunburst was commpleted in 1910 by Katherine Longstaff and her brother Dr. Tom George Longstaff with Swiss guide Rudolph Aemmer.
Behind and to the left of Sunburst Peak in this shot is Mount Assiniboine, a pyramid-shaped monolith that sits on the Continental Divide. This mountain is one of the tallest in Canada with a summit elevation of 11,870 ft (3,618 m), and it's visible for miles in every direction because it stands much taller than any neighboring peaks. It soars 5,003 ft (1,525 m) above the surrounding area. Mount Assiniboine's distinctive outline and prominence has led many to draw comparisons to the Matterhorn in Switzerland.
The first recorded ascent of Assiniboine was completed in 1901 by British climber James Outram with Swiss guides Christian Bohren and Christian Hasler. The climbers were taken aback by its beauty, and Outram wrote, "The peak is grandest from its northern side. It rises, like a monster tooth, from an entourage of dark cliff and gleaming glacier, 5,000 ft above the valley of approach; the magnificent triangular face, barred with horizontal belts of perpendicular cliff and glistening expanses of the purest snow and ice, which constitutes the chief glory of the mountain, soaring more than 3,000 feet directly from the glacier that sweeps its base. On the eastern and the southern sides the walls and buttresses are practically sheer precipices 5,000 to 6,000 feet in vertical height, but the contour and character of the grand northern face more than compensate for the less sheer and lofty precipices." A description worthy of the Matterhorn.
Location: Mount Assiniboine & Sunburst Peak, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
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