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Hickson Peak (courtesy Gerry Hopkins)

Hickson Peak

  • 3080 m (10,105ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
51.4236N -115.917W
Located at the head of the Bonnet Icefield, 3 km northeast of Pulsatilla Pass and 3 km southwest of Bonnet Peak

Province: Alberta
Park: Banff
Headwater: Bow
Ascent Date: 1930
Ascent Party: J.W.A. Hickson
Ascent Guide: Edward Feuz jr.
Year Named: 1969
Named by: W.L. Putnam
Named for: Hickson, Joseph William Andrew (A university professor from McGill University, J.W.A. Hickson climbed in the Rockies for twenty-five years and was involved in numerous first ascents.)

JOSEPH WILLIAM ANDREW HICKSON (1873-1956)

J.W.A. Hickson made some thirty first ascents with Edward Feuz jr. over a period of twenty-five years. The two climbed together often, Edward Feuz jr. estimating that they climbed between two and three hundred mountains together, twenty-five of them first ascents. Feuz had great respect for his favourite client saying, "If you ever saw him walk down the street, you'd never think he was a mountaineer. He could hardly walk. Years ago a horse he was riding slipped and rolled over his leg and it never healed well. Physically, he was not strong either. But he had an iron will, and he was the most stubborn man I ever met; after all that's what gets you up mountains."

A professor of philosophy and psychology at McGill University in Montreal, Dr. Hickson served as president of the Alpine Club of Canada.

Photo: Looking south-southeast up the Valley of the Hidden Lakes to Hickson Peak from the Red Deer Valley

Photo: Looking south-southeast up the Valley of the Hidden Lakes to Bonnett Peak (left) and Hickson Peak from the Red Deer Valley