Pope's Peak
3163m (10378ft.)

Located on the continental divide between upper Lake Louise Valley and Cataract Brook. on the border of Banff & Yoho parks, Alberta/BC border. Major headwaters Bow & Columbia rivers.
Latitude 51; 24; 10 Longitude 116; 17; 30, Topo map 82N/08

Panorama viewpoint: Upper Bow Valley. Can be seen from Highways 1 and 93N

Named in 1887. Pope, John Henry (Pope was Minister of Railways and Canals from 1885 until 1889.) Official name. Other names Boundary Peak, Mount D'Espine

First ascended in 1903 by George Collier and his brother Joseph, guided by Christian Kaufmann. Journal reference AAJ 5-151.

Photo: Pope's Peak from Highway #1
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Other Information
Looking west to Popes Peak from Fairview Mountain

Pope's Peak's glacier covered summit rises smoothly above steep, north facing cliffs near the head of a glacier filled valley which is in British Columbia.

Samuel Allen originally named the mountain Mount D'Espine after his friend and climbing companion on the Matterhorn. It was formerly known as Boundary Peak as the Contintal Divide descends from this mountain into Kicking Horse Pass.

John Henry Pope (1824-1889) was Minister of Railways and Canals when the mountain was named in 1887. He had been involved in the acquiring of funding for the construction of the CPR. [Lakusta]

Climbing Routes
North Face III
The route is the obvious gully in the N face, which is as straightforward as it looks. Beware of some small seracs that look down on the gully. In the early summer the couloir is névé and offers no difficulties; however, later in the season expect it to be ice and accordingly somewhat more involved. Usually by mid-summer the couloir is a torrent of water and rocks and not recommended. In recent years the amount of ice has decreased noticeably and in some seasons the ice may be completely gone in certain sections of the couloir. The exit through the serac(s) provides the most entertainment on the route. Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs page 102
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