Blackfriars Peak
3210m (10532ft.)

Located in the Upper Athabasca River Valley north of Quincy Creek. Jasper Park, Alberta Major headwater Athabasca River.
Latitude 52; 19; 35 Longitude 117; 37; 00, Topo map 83C/05

Panorama viewpoint: Ranger Hill. Can be seen from Highway 93N

Named by Jean Habel in 1901. Named after the "Schwartze Monche" in the Berenese Oberland ("Schwartze" means black and "Monche" means friar or monk). The name was not made official because of similar name in BC. Official name. Other names Dais Mountain

First ascended in 1953 by G.E. Landt, A. MacIntosh, guided by Walter Perren. Journal reference CAJ 37-101.

Photo: Looking south to Blackfriars Peak from the Ranger Hill Viewpoint from the Icefields Parkway

Other Information
Photo: Blackfriars Peak (left) and Mount Quincy from the Icefields Parkway

A large "massif" of extremely rugged terrain featuring steep cliffs and a spectacular tower lies between the Athabasca River to the east and the Chaba River Valley to the west. In 1901, at the suggestion of Jean Habel, the high point on the eastern edge was named Blackfriars Peak. The mountain reminded Dr. Habel of a peak in Europe with a similar name.

Unclimbed until 1953, the first ascent of this impressive mountain was led by Walter Perren who in 1950 had become one of the last two alpine guides brought to Canada from Switzerland by the Canadian Pacific Railway.

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