Mount Barnard
3339m (10955ft.)

Located on the continental divide above the southeast corner of the Freshfield Icefield; east of Campbell Icefield; north of Waitabit Lake. Banff Park, Alberta/BC border. Major headwaters Saskatchewan & Columbia rivers.
Latitude 51; 42; 30 Longitude 116; 55; 00, Topo map 82N/10


Named in 1924. Barnard, Sir Frank Stillman (Sir Frank Barnard was Lt. Governor of British Columbia from 1914 until 1919.) Official name.

First ascended in 1922 by Howard Palmer, J. Monroe Thorington, guided by Edward Feuz jr.. Journal reference AJ 34-394 CAJ 13-66.

Photo: Looking west from Nanga Parbat to Mount Barnard (left) and Mount Bulyea (Ken Jones Collection)

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Photo: Looking east to (l-r) Prior Peak, Mount Bulyea, and Mount Barnard (courtesy Bob St. John)

In his book, "The Glittering Mountains of Canada," J. Monroe Thorington wrote of the first ascent of Mount Barnard, the highest peak in the Freshfield Group, as follows: "Then, from a higher plateau, we gazed upon our long-hidden mountain. White and gleaming it was, lifted up in the haze of distant forest fires in British Columbia, until it seemed to touch the sky... A last bit of cutting in the ice of a couloir-head brought us to the base of the snow-spire, and in a few minutes we were on a summit scarcely big enough for the three of us at once. It is good to be alive at such a moment, and, for a time only too short, stand as the little monuments of such a glorious pedestal. The highest summit of the Freshfield Group was ours... While distant views were somewhat obscured by smoke, the sheer drop on the south and west to the Campbell Icefield was always spectacular."

Sir Francis Barnard was born in Toronto on May 16, 1856. His father came to British Columbia at the time of the gold rush, bringing his family out in the early sixties and established an express service. Mr. Barnard went into politics later and was a member of the House of Commons and later became Lieutenant Governor of the province.

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