Mount Sarbach
3155m (10352ft.)

Located between the Mistaya River Valley and Howse River; above the confluence of the Howse and Saskatchewan Rivers. Banff Park, Alberta Major headwater Saskatchewan River.
Latitude 51; 52; 35 Longitude 116; 46; 00, Topo map 82N/15

Panorama viewpoint: Saskatchewan River Crossing. Can be seen from Highway 93N

Named by J. Norman Collie in 1897. Sarbach, Peter (Peter Sarbach was the first of the Swiss guides to work in the Canadian Rockies.) Official name.

First ascended in 1897 by J. Norman Collie, G.P. Baker, guided by Peter Sarbach. Journal reference AJ 18-549.

Photo: Looking west to Mount Sarbach from the Icefields Parkway
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Other Information
Photo: Looking southeast to Mount Sarbach from the east end of Glacier Lake (courtesy Gerry Hopkins)

Peter Sarbach was the first of the Swiss guides. Norman Collie's first ascents of Mount Lefroy and Mount Victoria in 1897 were led by Sarbach who, later that summer, guided Collie's party to the summit of Mount Sarbach. The view of high, unclimbed peaks to the north inspired Norman Collie to return the following year and continue his explorations.

The northern slopes of Mount Sarbach were the site of a fire lookout from 1943 until 1971. The structure was a wooden tower that supported a cupola. A cabin nearby served as a residence.

Scrambling Routes
Difficulty Difficult scrambling along the exposed and loose summit ridge. Mount Sarbach, along with Kaufmann Peaks and Epaulette Mountain, forms part of a vertical escarpment rising 1600 m above the Icefields Parkway near Saskatchewan Crossing. Each supports large hanging glaciers below sheer east faces. Of the three summits, only Mount Sarbach is a scramble, and even then, only when free of snow and ice. In cool, wet summers these conditions may not occur at all. This is a high mountain with a whopping amount of elevation gain, and because of the dangerously loose nature of the final summit ridge, should only be attempted by capable, experienced parties. Its location guarantees a superb view, and a good trail alleviates the approach. As with any big peak, take an ice axe-even crampons might be needed. Try from August on. Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 303

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