Lynx Mountain
3192m (10473ft.)

Located on the continental divide west of the Reef Icefield; southern buttress of Snowbird Pass. on the border of Jasper & Mount Robson parks, Alberta/BC border. Major headwaters Athabasca & Fraser rivers.
Latitude 53; 07; 35 Longitude 119; 02; 55, Topo map 83E/03


Named by L.Q. Coleman in 1908. A dead lynx was found on the ice below the mountain. Official name.

First ascended in 1913 by ACC Party, guided by W. Schauffelberger.

Photo: Lynx Mountain from the northwest (courtesy Robert Boyko)

Other Information
Photo: (l-r) Titkana Peak, Lynx Mountain, and Rearguard Mountain from the northwest (courtesy Dan Neil)

In 1908 Lucius Quincy Coleman visited the Mount Robson area as part of his brother's, (Arthur Coleman's) party. One day he, "explored the main (Coleman) glacier for two or three miles up, making the curious find of the bones of a lynx among some morainic debris on the ice. Why had the animal chosen that out-of-the-way desert of ice as a burial-place? We named the nearest mountain to the west Lynx Mountian, in his honor."

In 1911, from a ridge below the summit of this mountain, Arthur O. Wheeler enjoyed his first view of the Mount Robson area. He later wrote, "As we topped the crest the whole wonderful panorama came into view. At our feet flowed the Robson Glacier. Across the wide river of ice the great massif of Robson, rising supreme above all other peaks. White against a sky of perfect blue it seemed to belong to a world other than our own. Ethereal, snowy Mount Resplendent, crowned with immense sculptured cornices; the splendid sharp conical peak of Mount Whitehorn; it was the most stupendous alpine scene I had ever gazed upon, setting the blood coursing though the veins as fast as a torrent, with the pure joy of being alive -and there."

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