Gest Tower
3170m (10401ft.)

Located between Feuz Tower and Bison Tower on the southern portion of Mount Murchison; north of Bison Creek. Banff Park, Alberta Major headwater Saskatchewan River.
Latitude 51; 54; 30 Longitude 116; 39; 35, Topo map 82N/15
Can be seen from Highway 93N

Named by W.L. Putnam in 1973. Gest, Lillian (Lillian Gest was a well known lady who was said to have loved the Canadian Rockies.) Unofficial name.

First ascended in 1937 by Katie Gardiner, Lillian Gest, guided by Edward Feuz jr., Christian Hasler jr.. Journal reference CAJ 25-27.

Photo: Looking north to (l-r) Feuz Tower, Gest Tower, and the northwest summit of Mount Murchison

Other Information

Mount Murchison was named by James Hector in 1858 after Sir Roderick Murchison who was at that time the director of the Geological Survey of Great Britain and had recommended that Hector be chosen as the geologist on the Palliser Expedition. In a letter written in 1859, Sir Murchison thanked Hector, "for attaching my name to this culminating point."

The base of Mount Murchison covers an area measuring five km by seven km. There are two high points on the main summit (northwest and southeast). They are 700 metres apart. Seven "towers" in excess of 3050 metres (Engelhard Tower, Gest Tower, Feuz Tower, Bison Tower, Cromwell Tower, Hall Tower, and South East Tower,) lie to the southeast and have been unofficially named. It is a rather unique mountain and Bow Pass is probably the best point to get a feeling for its areal extent and the fact that it has so many individual summits of approximately the same elevation.

It is said that the Indians believed that Mount Murchison was the highest peak in the Rockies.

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