Walter Peak
3401m (11160ft.)

Located on the continental divide above the Lyell Icefield at the head of Arctomys Creek at the head of Lyell Creek. Banff Park, Alberta/BC border. Major headwaters Saskatchewan & Columbia rivers.
Latitude 51; 57; 09 Longitude 117; 06; 06, Topo map 82N/14


Named by Sydney R. Vallance in 1972. Feuz, Walter (Walter Feuz was an early guide in the Rockies and Selkirks.) (see biog.) Official name. Other names One of five peaks on Mount Lyell.

First ascended in 1927 by D. Duncan, T. Lynes, J. Simpson, guided by Ernest Feuz. Journal reference Harvard 1-60.

Photo: The peaks of Mount Lyell (l-r) Christian Peak, Walter Peak, Ernest Peak, Edward Peak, and Rudolph Peak; from the southeast (courtesy Rienk Lakeman)

Other Information
Photo: Four of the five peaks of Mount Lyell(l-r) Walter Peak, Ernest Peak, Edward Peak, and Rudolph Peak from the east near Arctomys Peak (courtesy Alan Kane)

"There are five peaks in the Lyell group (see Mount Lyell) that rise in a semi-circle above the Lyell Icefield. Although the summits are relatively high in elevation, the peaks present only a modest rise above the surrounding glaciers." -courtesy Chic Scott

The five peaks of Mount Lyell were named, at the suggestion of Sydney Vallance, after prominent mountaineering guides originally brought to Canada by the CPR and who became residents of Canada. The five were Edward Feuz jr., Ernest Feuz, and Walter Feuz, Rudolph Aemmer, and Christian Hasler jr. and they took up permanent residence in Golden in 1912. They are part of what was called the "Swiss Guide Group."

The five peaks form an arc which opens to the east on the Alberta side of the Lyell Icefield, Ernest Peak being at the centre. Rudolph Peak is at the northeast end of the arc with Edward Peak lying midway between Ernest Peak and Rudolph Peak. Rudolph Peak and Edward Peak are not on the Continental Divide. The other three peaks are. The southeast end of the arc is Christian Peak with Walter Peak lying between Christian Peak and Ernest Peak.

Walter Feuz (1894-1986)

Walter was one of the youngest of the five Oberland guides who took up residence in Golden in 1912. He never had an official guide’s license as he was not old enough to qualify when he left Switzerland. He was trained by his older brothers, Edward jr. and Ernest and had a successful guiding career. He climbed extensively with Katie Gardiner in the southern Rockies.

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