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Kananaskis 3000+ ’ers

 
Kananaskis 3000+ ’ers

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Location: Alberta, Canada, North America

Object Title: Kananaskis 3000+ ’ers

 

Page By: Old School WB

Created/Edited: Nov 18, 2013 / Apr 16, 2014

Object ID: 876435

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Imperial versus Metric


Canada was on target to be officially Metric in 1975, but ongoing politically pressure delayed and ultimately stopped the complete set of all laws and regulations going metric. Despite a few minor regulations still being in Imperial measures, Canada is now essentially a fully metric country.

I grew up being taught both Imperial and Metric measurement systems. When I started climbing about 20 years ago, most of my mentors and climbing partners used feet for mountaineering descriptions. Today, most of my climbing buddies are younger than me and exclusively use metres. In the end I created two lists for Kananaskis Country (10,000+ foot summits and 3000+ metre summits) to accommodate both perspectives on the tallest mountains in Kananaskis.

Kananaskis 3000+ ’ers


Rank Image Mountain Name Summit
Elevation (m)
Summit
Elevation (ft.)
Lowest
Prominence (m)
Lowest
Prominence (ft.)
Range
1 Mount Joffre 3450 11,319 530 1739 Joffre Group
2 Mount Sir Douglas 3406 11,174 446 1463 Spray
3 Mount French 3234 10,611 474 1555 Spray
4 Mount Rae 3218 10,558 292 958 Misty
5 Mount Petain 3196 10,486 316 1037 Joffre Group
6 Mount Robertson 3194 10,479 314 1030 Spray
7 Mount Foch 3194 10,479 234 768 Joffre Group
8 Mount Galatea 3185 10,449 465 1526 Kananaskis
9 Mount Sarrail 3174 10,413 214 702 Joffre Group
10 Mount Smith-Dorrien 3155 10,351 235 771 Spray
11 Wind Mountain 3153 10,345 273 896 Kananaskis
12 Mount Bogart 3144 10,315 264 866 Kananaskis
13 Mist Mountain 3140 10,302 245 802 Misty
14 Mount Sparrowhawk 3121 10,240 281 922 Kananaskis
15 ”The Tower” 3117 10,226 437 1434 Kananaskis
16 Mount Lougheed 3105 10,188 225 738 Kananaskis
17 ”Old Goat Mountain” 3100 10,170 460 1509 Goat
18 Tornado Mountain * 3099 10,167 447 1467 High Rock
19 Mount Birdwood 3097 10,161 577 1893 Spray
20 Mount Evan-Thomas 3097 10,161 217 712 Opal
21 Mount Storm 3095 10,155 322 1055 Misty
22 Mount Jellicoe 3085 10,121 245 804 Spray
23 Mount Mangin 3057 10,030 177 581 Joffre Group
24 Mount Chester 3054 10,020 254 834 Kananaskis
25 Fisher Peak 3053 10,017 373 1224 Fisher
26 Mount Lyautey 3045 9990 165 541 Joffre Group
27 Mount Maude 3042 9981 242 794 Spray
28 Mount James Walker 3035 9958 155 509 Kananaskis
29 Elpoca Mountain 3029 9938 349 1145 Opal
30 Tombstone Mountain 3029 9938 269 883 Opal
31 Mount Murray 3024 9922 344 1123 Spray
32 Mount Cordonnier 3021 9912 221 725 Joffre Group
33 ”Ripsaw” 3008 9868 408 1339 Opal
34 ”Mount Potts” 3002 9850 120 393 Opal
35 ”Mount Denny” 3000 9843 120 393 Opal
36 The Fortress 3000 9843 320 1050 Kananaskis
37 ”Gusty Peak” 3000 9843 240 787 Kananaskis
38 Mount Inflexible 3000 9843 360 1181 Kananaskis
39 ”Tombstone South” 3000 9843 240 787 Opal
40 Mount Packenham 3000 9843 240 787 Opal
41 Mount Northover 3000 9843 240 787 Spray



* Tornado Mountain is technically outside of Kananaskis Country, but is within the High Rock Range. The Kananaskis Country southern boundary heads east from the Continental Divide and only includes the top northern third of the High Rock Range. I included Tornado since it is such an interesting peak. Tornado Mountain is the first summit to exceed 10,000 feet (3048m) in the Rocky Mountains north of the 49th parallel (USA border). The notable Mount Washburn 3039m (9,971 ft.) is more southerly, and the first to exceed 3000 metres, but less than the fabled 10,000 foot level and entirely in British Columbia, no where near Kananaskis Country. The next summit north of the 49th to exceed 10,000 feet is only slightly more north than Tornado, but entirely in British Columbia, Mount Mike 3300m (10,827 ft.); the next tall K-country peak north of Tornado is all the way north to Mist Mountain (3140m (10,302 ft.).

Kananaskis Country


Kananaskis Country is multi-use region just west of Calgary, south of Canmore, regulated by the Province of Alberta, with the primary use being recreation. Kananaskis Country has legally defined boundaries, mostly defined by compilation of provincial parks, provincial recreation areas and other designations. Generally, the region is south of the Trans-Canada Highway in the Bow River valley, south of the Town of Canmore, from the Continental Divide to the foothills, south to Highwood River drainage.

The region includes eleven official mountain subranges/groups, but there is some overlap between ranges and groups; the Joffre Group (French Military Group), the Spray Range (British Military Group), the Kananaskis Range, the Goat Range, the Opal Range, the Fisher Range, the Misty Range, the Elk Range, the Highwood Range, the High Rock Range and the Livingstone Range. There are only two summits over 11,000 feet (3353 metres) and 22 officially named summits over 10,000 feet (3048 metres); this excludes Tornado Mountain. There are 33 officially named summits over 3000 metres.

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