South East Tower
3094m (10150ft.)

Located 850 metres south of Cromwell Tower and 1.3 kilometres northwest of the lower lake in Totem Creek valley. Banff Park, Alberta Major headwater Saskatchewan River.
Latitude 51; 53; 50 Longitude 116; 38; 25, Topo map 82N/15
Can be seen from Highway 93N

Naming: Unofficial name.

First ascended in 1939 by G. Engelhard, F.S. North, guided by Ernest Feuz. Journal reference AAJ 4-87; CAJ 27-132.

Photo: Looking north to the southeast summit of Mount Murchison (left) and South East Tower

Other Information

South East Tower is one of the towers on Mount Murchison.

When viewed up the Totem Creek Valley from Highway #93, the South East Tower is a spectacular, chisel-shaped peak.

The mountain 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 Dr. 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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