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Looking west to Stutfield Peak from the big hill north of Sunwapta Pass on the Icefields Parkway

Stutfield Peak

  • 3450 m (11,319ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
52.2386N -117.408W
Located at the northern end of the Columbia Icefield at the head of Habel Creek

Range: Winston Churchill
Province: Alberta
Park: Jasper
Headwater: Athabasca
Visible from Highway: 93N
Ascent Date: 1927
Ascent Party: Alfred Ostheimer
Ascent Guide: Hans Fuhrer
Year Named: 1899
Named by: J. Norman Collie
Named for: Stutfield, Hugh E.M. (Hugh Stutfield climbed and explored with Norman Collie in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He co-authored, "Climbs and Explorations in the Canadian Rockies" with Collie.)

Stutfield Peak is made up of two summits known as the East Peak and the West Peak. The west peak is fifty metres higher.

Hugh Stutfield, together with Norman Collie co-authored the classic, "Climbs and Explorations in the Canadian Rockies." The two were together during the 1898 and 1900 explorations in the area north of Lake Louise.

According to Don Beers, the mountain that carries the name Stutfield Peak is not the one he intended to be named for Hugh Stutfield. The summit he chose is said to be still un-named and was prominent in a photograph that Collie took from Diadem Peak. Don states that the Boundary Survey failed to consult the photo that Collie took that showed the peak he referred to as Stutfield Peak. ["Jasper-Robson -A Taste of Heaven"]

The first ascent of Stutfield Peak (West Peak) was completed by Alfred Ostheimer and Hans Fuhrer during an impressive 36 hour outing from their base at the head of the Athabasca Valley. As well as climbing Mount KitchenerNorth Twin PeakSnow Dome. They reached the summit of Kitchener at 2:00 am.

Photo: Looking south to Stutfield Peak from Mount Woolley (courtesy Dan Ronsky)

Looking west to Stutfield Peak from the big hill north of Sunwapta Pass on the Icefields Parkway

Photo: Looking west to Stutfield Peak from the big hill north of Sunwapta Pass on the Icefields Parkway

Looking south to Stutfield Peak (courtesy www.barryblanchard.ca)