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Photo: Looking southeast to Mount Lapensee (the peak at centre-right) and Mount Belanger (beyond at centre) from the Whirlpool Valley (courtesy Don Beers)

Mount Lapensee

  • 3106 m (10,191ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
52.5144N -117.940W
Located between the headwaters of Fryatt Creek and Divergence Creek

Province: Alberta
Park: Jasper
Headwater: Athabasca
Ascent Date: 1926
Ascent Party: J.W.A. Hickson, Howard Palmer
Ascent Guide: Hans Fuhrer
Year Named: 1920
Named by: D.B. Dowling (Dr. Dowling was an engineer in the Geological Survey of Canada)
Named for: Lapensee, Olivier Roy (Andre Belanger, G. Franchere, and Olivier Lapensee were part of a group that crossed Athabasca Pass in 1814. Belanger and Lapensee drowned in the Athabasca River below Brule Lake.)

Andre Belanger, Gabriel Franchere, and Olivier Lapensee were part of a group that crossed Athabasca Pass in 1814. Belanger and Lapensee drowned in the Athabasca River below Brule Lake. Please see Franchere Peak and Mount Belanger. Gabriel Franchere kept a journal and published a book about his time in the fur trade, including the 1814 crossing of Athabasca Pass when Lapensee and Belanger) drowned.

N.B. "Place Names of Alberta" spells Lapensee's first name incorrectly as "Oliver." The correct spelling, "Olivier," is taken from Franchere's writing.