Resplendent Mountain
3425m (11241ft.)

Located in the Fraser River Valley at the head of Resplendent Creek; southeast of Robson Glacier. Mount Robson Park, Major headwater Fraser River.
Latitude 53; 05; 15 Longitude 119; 05; 50, Topo map 83E/03

Panorama viewpoint: Swiftcurrent Creek Bridge. Can be seen from Highway 16

Named by Arthur P. Coleman A.O. Wheeler wrote, "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. Official name.

First ascended in 1911 by B. Harmon, guided by Conrad Kain.

Photo: Resplendent Mountain from The Dome (courtesy Alan Kane)
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Photo: Resplendent Mountain (courtesy Georgina Brown)

With an impressive north glacier and near vertical east face, Resplendent Mountain is a striking mountain. Sadly like Whitehorn Mountain, it is often overshadowed by Mount Robson, its more reknown neighbour. 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. Later, the mountain was ascended by Conrad Kain and Byron Harmon. It proved to be altogether a snow and ice climb, and Konrad 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 there."

According to Chic Scott, author of "Summits and Icefields" and "Powder Pioneers," ski-mountaineering in the Canadian Rockies got its start on Respendent Mountain in 1930 when Pete L. Parsons made a solo ski ascent of the peak.

Climbing Routes
North-West Slopes (Normal Route) II
The original route up the mountain. A pleasant day outing from Berg Lake with excellent views of the south-east side of Robson. The glacier approach is by far the most taxing part of the climb. 8 to 12 hours round trip. would be an obvious aid. Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs page 313

Ice Arete III
The Ice Arete is a magnificent narrow ridge with an impressive drop to the east. A much finer climb that the Normal Route up the south-west slopes. The route follows the ridge that descends north-north east, north and finally north-north west from the summit. Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs page 314

East Ridge IV 5.7
A very aesthetic route that, unfortunately, has a very long approach. An ideal candidate for heli-alpinism. The climbing is very reasonable to begin with; all the difficulties are packed in at the end. Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs page 314

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