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impressive glacier on its northern slopes and a near vertical east
face, Resplendent Mountain is a striking peak.
Like nearby Whitehorn
Mountain, it is often overshadowed by Mount
Robson, which dominates the area. The
peak is located at the head of Resplendent Creek,
southeast of the Robson Glacier.
During his 1911 expedition to the area, Arthur
O. Wheeler wrote that the mountain was,
"Named, and well named, by Coleman."
Wheeler went on to note that, "On the east
side it is clad from top to bottom in pure white
snow, and presents with the sun shining upon it a
spectacle of such wonderful brilliance that the
aptness of the name became immediately apparent.
It rose in great snow masses and ice walls sheer
to the summit and showed several of the largest
and widest bergschrunds I have ever seen in the
Rockies. Enormous cornices overhung on the north
and east sides. The mountain was first ascended by
Kain and Byron
Harmon. It proved to be altogether a
snow and ice climb, and Conrad reported having
seen some of the greatest ice cracks he had met
with throughout the course of his professional
experience. The crest of the mountain he described
as an immense cornice reaching far out into space
over the depths below."
In 1911, from a ridge below the summit of Lynx
Mountain, Arthur Wheeler enjoyed his
first view of the Mount Robson area. He later
wrote, "As we topped the crest the whole
wonderful panorama came into view. At our feet
flowed the Robson Glacier. Across the wide river
of ice the great massif of Robson, rising supreme
above all other peaks. White against a sky of
perfect blue it seemed to belong to a world other
than our own. Ethereal, snowy Mount Resplendent,
crowned with immense sculptured cornices; the
splendid sharp conical peak of Whitehorn
Mountain; it was the most stupendous
alpine scene I had ever gazed upon, setting the
blood coursing though the veins as fast as a
torrent, with the pure joy of being alive -and
According to Chic
Scott, author of "Summits and
Icefields" and "Powder Pioneers,"
ski-mountaineering in the Canadian Rockies got its
start on Resplendent Mountain in 1930 when Pete L.
Parsons made a solo ski ascent of the peak.
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