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Photo: Looking north to South Twin Peak from Snow Dome (courtesy Geoff Lampard)

South Twin Peak

  • 3640 m (11,943ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
52.2042N -117.435W
Located in the upper Athabasca River Valley, the northeastern portion of the Columbia Icefield

Range: Winston Churchill
Province: Alberta
Park: Jasper
Headwater: Athabasca
Major Valley: Athabasca
Ascent Date: 1924
Ascent Party: F.V. Field, W.O. Field, L. Harris
Ascent Guide: Edward Feuz jr., J. Biner
Year Named: 1898
Named by: J. Norman Collie and Hugh M. Stutfield
Named for: "The Twins" is are a pair of high mountain adjacent to the Columbia Icefield., the northern one is known as North Twin Peak and the southern as "South Twin Peak."

"When approached from the Columbia Icefield, The Twins present gentle snow and ice climbs. North Twin is, in fact, a popular ski ascent. To the north however, the North Twin drops vertically for over 1500 metres towards the Athabasca River. This face is world renowned amongst climbers." -Courtesy Chic Scott

James Outram wrote of these peaks, "Toward the north, above a sharp depression and beyond a magnificent cirque of rock and glacier that separates them from Mount Columbia, were the Twins, the loftier pure white and its brother darkly impressive."

See: North Twin Peak.

See: Twins Tower.

Photo: South and North Twins (courtesy Tony Daffern)

Photo: The Twins (left) and Snow Dome from the southeast on Castleguard Shoulder

Looking south to (l-r) North Twin Peak, Twins Tower, South Twin Peak (courtesy www.barryblanchard.ca)