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Photo: Mount Bess (left) and Mount Chown from the southeast (courtesy Dr. John D. Birrell)

Mount Bess

  • 3216 m (10552ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
53.3494N -119.377W
Located on the continental divide at the head of Chown Creek and the Holmes River; north buttress of Bess Pass

Province: Alberta/BC
Park: Jasper/Mount Robson
Headwater: Smoky/Fraser
Ascent Date: 1911
Ascent Party: J. Norman Collie, A.L. Mumm, J. Yates
Ascent Guide: Moritz Inderbinen
Year Named: 1910
Named by: J. Norman Collie
Named for: Gunn, Elizabeth Ann "Bessie" (A resident of Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta, Bessie Gunn married M.C. McKeen, an Alberta MLA. She was a member of the packtrain led by John Yates which was hired by Norman Collie.)