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Photo: Looking west to Mount Smythe from Sunwapta Peak (courtesy Don Beers)

Mount Smythe

  • 3246 m (10,650ft)
  • First Ascent
52.3556N -117.475W
Located 2 km southwest of Gong Peak

Range: Winston Churchill
Province: Alberta
Park: Jasper
Headwater: Athabasca
Ascent Date: 1951
Ascent Party: Gil Roberts, Chuck Wilts, Ellen Wilts


Frank Smythe was a widely travelled mountaineer who wrote numerous books related to climbing and mountains during the 1940's. He rose to prominence in mountaineering circles following two impressive seasons in the Alps in 1927 and 1928. He then climbed extensively in the Himalaya and was invited to join the 1933 British Mount Everest Expedition during which he and two others reached at elevation of 28,200 feet on the north side of the mountain without oxygen.

During WW II he served in the Canadian Rockies as a mountaineer training officer for the famous Lovat Scouts.

Photo: Looking west-northwest to Mount Smythe from Tangle Peak (courtesy Don Beers)

Looking west to Mount Smythe (at right) from Sunwapta Peak (courtesy