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Looking southeast to Mount Ermatinger (centre with Serenity Mountain beyond) (courtesy Don Beers)

Mount Ermatinger

  • 3060 m (10,040ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
52.4175N -118.047W
Located on the continental divide between the Hooker Icefield and the South Alnus Glacier

Province: Alberta/BC
Park: Jasper/Hamber
Headwater: Athabasca/Columbia
Ascent Date: 1928
Ascent Party: W.R. Hainsworth, J.G. Hillhouse, M.M. Strumia, J. Monroe Thorington
Year Named: 1920
Named by: Arthur Wheeler
Named for: Ermatinger, Edward (Edward Ermatinger served with the Hudson's Bay Company from 1818 to 1828.)

In his book, "The Glittering Mountains of Canada," J. Monroe Thorington described Mount Ermatinger as, "a mountain of inspiring beauty: a long, knife-edged arete, rising from the Hooker Icefield in a jagged crest of uptilted rock strata, continuing into the north face and merging with a sheer, fluted wall of shining, green ice. The ice-wall is nearly a thousand feet high, broad and unbroken; in our combined experience we could think of but few so glorious. More than anything else it suggested the oncoming mass of a curling sea-wave, about to break and with the sunlight in its crest."

It is remarkable that Edward Ermatinger was honoured by the naming of the peak as late as 1920, almost a century after he was involved with the Hudson Bay Company. It is known that he was a very close friend of John Tod, a pioneer fur trader and one of British Columbia's founding citizens. Tod retired from the fur trade in 1850.

It is also known that Ermatinger was an accomplished musician and composer.