Mount Somervell
3120m (10237ft.)

Located south of the Shackleton Glacier. Park, Major headwater Columbia River.
Latitude 52; 08; 20 Longitude 117; 51; 25, Topo map 83C/04


Named by Alfred J. Ostheimer in 1927. Somervell, Theodore Howard (Dr. Somervell was a doctor with a British Expedition to Mount Everest.) Official name.

First ascended in 1951 by G.I. Bell, W.V. Matthews, D. MichaelJournal reference AAJ 8-258; CAJ 37-102.

Photo: Mount Somervell from the south near Tsar Mountain (courtesy Alan Kane)

Other Information

Howard Somervell (1890-1975) was a member of the British expeditions to Mount Everest in1922 and 1924. In 1922 he reached 26,985 feet (8227 m) and in 1924 accompanied Norton as high as 28,000 feet (8530 m).

Following graduation from Cambridge, Somervell he became a surgeon and served in World War I. He was said to have been compassionate, brilliant, and versatile. As well as being a highly respected climber, he was a talented landscape painter and musician, who found a close friend in Mallory.

After the 1922 expedition, Somervell worked for nearly 40 years as a missionary doctor in South India before retiring to the English Lake District.

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