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Photo: The summit block of Mount King George (courtesy Rienk Lakeman)

Mount King George

  • 3422 m (11,228ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
50.5967N -115.405W
Located west of Palliser River and east of Queen Mary Creek

Range: Royal
Province: BC
Headwater: Kootenay
Ascent Date: 1919
Ascent Party: V.A. Fynn
Ascent Guide: Rudolph Aemmer
Year Named: 1916
Named by: Interprovincial Boundary Survey
Named for: George, King (King George V was the British King during WW I.)

In Volume I of the Interprovincial Boundary Survey, Arthur Wheeler described the Royal Group as, "a very remarkable group of mountains comprising seven distinct peaks, the highest having a altitude of 11,226 fee; it is much in evidence, and its towers and precipitous walls, its glaciers and outlying ridges dominate the landscape from all directions. It was first noticed by the Topographical division from Wonder Peak, close to Mount Assiniboine, and the name of "Mt. King George" was then given to the highest summit. The Commissioners now suggest that the title of 'The Royal Group' be applied to this collection of peaks and that the names of the Royal Family be placed upon its several summits. . ."

The first and second ascents of this peak were made 52 years apart.

Photo: Mount King George dominates this view from the east (l-r) Princess Mary, King George, Prince Albert, and Prince Edward

Looking north to Mount King George (left) and Mount Prince Albert (courtesy Alan Kane)

Mount King George from the Palliser River (courtesy Alan Kane)

Looking north to Mount King George (left) and Mount Prince Albert from near the toe of King George Glacier (courtesy Drew Nugara)

Looking west-southwest to Mount King George from Tombstone Mountain (courtesy Sonny Bou)

Looking south from White Man Peak to Mount King George (distant at centre beyond Lockwood Peak in the foreground) (courtesy Calvin Damen)