Bennington Peak
3265m (10712ft.)

Located on the continental divide; one of the peaks of Mount Fraser; 1 km northeast of McDonnell Peak. The Ramparts, on the border of Jasper & Mount Robson parks, Alberta/BC border. Major headwaters Athabasca & Fraser rivers.
Latitude 52; 39; 20 Longitude 118; 17; 45, Topo map 83D/09


Named by Arthur O. Wheeler in 1922. The well known Canadian explorer Simon Fraser was born in Bennington, Vermont. Official name.

First ascended in 1926 by R.B.M. Bibby, J.H. Hoag, N.W. SpadavecchiaJournal reference CAJ 16-66, App 20-536.

Photo: Bennington Peak from the east (courtesy David Wasserman)

Other Information
Looking west-southwest to McDonnell Peak (left) and Bennington Peak

This massif known as Mount Fraser is made up of Simon Peak, Bennington Peak, and McDonnell Peak. Simon Peak is the highest.

Simon Fraser was born near Bennington, Vermont. His father, Simon Fraser Sr., and his mother had emigrated from Scotland in 1773. Simon Sr. was a Loyalist during the American Revolutionary War and was taken prisoner by American troops at the Battle of Bennington. He eventually died in 1779 following harsh treatment in a military prison.

Even after the peace of 1783, Fraser''s family was harassed by their American neighbours. Consequently in 1784, Isabel Fraser sold their farm and, like thousands of other United Empire Loyalists, fled to Canada with her young family that included Simon jr. who was only eight years old.

Climbing Routes
East Ridge III 5.4
A classic line that offers an excellent moderate day out. The positions on the ridge are airy and exciting in a few spots Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs page 276

North Face IV 5.7
For its time this was an impressive ascent up the steep triangular face seen from the hut. An alpine endeavor typical of Fred Beckey. The climbing on the upper face is on excellent rock with sound belays and protection. Unfortunately, the lower approach glacier is riddled with crevasses that have been known to turn back parties because of routefinding problems. The easiest approach would be in spring, or even winter when the crevasses are more likely to be filled with snow. Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs page 276

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