Mount Gordon
3203m (10510ft.)

Located in the Yoho River Valley at the western edge of Wapta Icefield. Yoho Park, Major headwater Columbia River.
Latitude 51; 36; 30 Longitude 116; 31; 00, Topo map 82N/10
Can be seen from Highway 93N

Named in 1916. Gordon, Alexander MacLennan (A Presbyterian minister, Gordon was also a "persistent" climber. He was an armed forces chaplain in both World Wars.) Official name.

First ascended in 1897 by J. Norman Collie, G. Baker, H.B. Dixon, Charles E. Fay, A. Michael, C.L. Noyes, H.C. Parker, C.S. Thompson, guided by Peter Sarbach. Journal reference AJ 19-109; App 8-325; CAJ 21-125.

Photo: Looking north to Mount Gordon from the Iceline Trail
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Photo: Looking west-southwest to Mount Gordon from Mount Olive (courtesy Vern De Wit)

The first ascent party reached the summit of Mount Gordon from a camp on Bow Lake. They had hoped to climb the somewhat higher Mount Balfour and had mistakenly thought that Mount Gordon was it. Some members of the party had seen Mount Balfour from the summit of Mount Lefroy earlier in the summer of 1897.

While on the summit of Mount Gordon, Norman Collie and party named Mount Collie, Mount Baker, Mount Thompson, as well as Mount Mummery after Collie’s friend who had been lost in the Himalaya.

Shortly after leaving the summit of Mount Gordon, Charles S. Thompson fell into a crevasse and had to be rescued.

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