Mount Fable
2702m (8865ft.)

Located in the Exshaw Creek Valleyat the head of Cougar Creek. Park, Alberta
Latitude 51; 07; 03 Longitude 115; 13; 34, Topo map 82O/03
Can be seen from Highway 1

Named in 1947. It is said that a group attempted to climb the mountain in 1947 but were unsuccessful due to heavy bush. A subsequent attempt was successful, deciding the story of the heavy bush was a "fable." Unofficial name.

First ascended in 1947 by R.C. Hind, L. Parker, J.F. Tarrant

Photo: Looking northwest to Mount Fable from Highway #1A at Exshaw
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Other Information
Photo: Looking north to Mount Fable from Fable Creek near the junction with Exshaw Creek (courtesy Bennett Wong)

This attractive little peak becomes visible as one travels the Trans-Canada Highway in the vicinity of the town of Exshaw. The mountain lies to the west of the valley of Exshaw Creek which flows from the northwest and through the town.

Unofficially named in 1947, it is said that a group attempted to climb the mountain in that year but claimed they were unsuccessful due to heavy bush. A subsequent attempt was successful without experiencing any difficulties, deciding that the story of the heavy bush was a "fable."

Scrambling Routes
Moderate via south slopes and west ridge. Mount Fable's climbing season is longer than many and some years is feasible by late May. It is far from crowded but does see regular activity. A long ridge traverse south to Gap Peak and the highway is also possible. Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 70

Climbing Routes
South Ridge II 5.4
This a is good day out on a climb which isnít technically difficult. The rock is surprisingly good in places. Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs page 34

South-East Ridge II 5.5
Another good day out on this peak. Though very similar in difficulty to the S Ridge, this climb is longer and thus offers a longer day on the mountain. Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs page 34

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