The 11000ers of the Canadian Rockies


 


[Negotiating the exciting summit ridge of South Twin Peak.]


The 11,000ers were first identified as a list of objectives, and consequently completed in 1979 by the indefatigable Don Forest who only started alpine climbing at around my age (early 40's)! Since then, around a dozen people are known to have completed this test of mountaineering and tolerance of suffering. There are quite a few more attempting it nowadays and I expect that this number will double in the next few years. Bill Corbett was the third person to complete the list and has written a comprehensive book on them, including their histories and routes. Nancy Hansen currently owns the record for speed, completing the list in around 7 years. I know of at least one person who is set to do the list of 58 in much less than that, but I won't jinx them here!


My first 11,000er was Mount Victoria's main, south summit back on Sepember 9th, 2007. This is such a classic mountain that I'm glad it was my first. Mount Huber was my second, on the same day, and Mount Temple was my third only a week later. Now, a decade or so later, I'm still not nearly finished the list of 54 (58) peaks, but I've made some progress at around 40 peaks. After completing the Kane list of scrambles (2nd ed.) in 2009, I vowed never to chase someone else's list of summits again and I'm maintaining this resolve for the Rockies 11,000ers. I will likely never get all of them and I don't really care. ;)


The reason why I have pursued many of these lofty and often remote peaks (by Canadian Rockies standards), is the same reason why I pursue most of my Rockies adventures - because they're located in some of the most pristine landscapes that Canada has to offer. Most of the peaks that I've climbed are fairly non-technical in nature. They aren't usually on any elite alpinist's list simply because they're mostly huge piles of loose, hazardous choss. Only true adventure-seekers and folks who enjoy healthy doses of suffering physically, mentally and spiritually will ever attain more than a few dozen of these particular summits.
 
Titlesort descending Date Summit (ft) Summit (m) Distance (km) Gain (m)
Alexandra, Mount 09.26.2014 11,116 3,388 32.0 3,900
Andromeda, Mount 04.17.2016 11,319 3,450 24.0 1,650
Assiniboine, Mount 09.22.2012 11,871 3,618 23.0 2,500
Athabasca, Mount 04.08.2015 11,454 3,491 14.0 1,500
Brazeau, Mount 07.30.2015 11,385 3,479 24.5 2,500
Christian Peak (Lyell V) 06.26.2015 11,150 3,398 6.0 600
Cline, Mount 08.10.2013 11,027 3,361 31.0 2,000
Columbia, Mount 04.18.2015 12,294 3,747 41.0 2,000
Cromwell, Mount 05.07.2015 10,958 3,340
Crown Peak 08.31.2013 11,004 3,354 40.0 2,400
Diadem Peak 09.06.2014 11,060 3,371 1,200
Edith Cavell, Mount 08.02.2013 11,034 3,363 21.0 1,700
Edward Peak (Lyell II) 06.26.2015 11,528 3,514 14.0 1,350
Ernest Peak (Lyell III) 06.26.2015 11,520 3,511 14.0 1,350
Forbes, Mount 04.30.2016 11,851 3,612 58.0 3,000
Fryatt, Mount 08.26.2012 11,027 3,361 30.0 2,000
Harrison, Mount 08.30.2014 11,021 3,359 15.0 1,840
Hector, Mount 04.18.2009 11,136 3,394 14.0 1,550
Huber, Mount 09.09.2007 11,050 3,368 12.0 1,700
Joffre, Mount 06.21.2014 11,319 3,450 36.0 2,100
King Edward, Mount 08.27.2017 11,329 3,453 30.0 2,500
King George, Mount 08.08.2014 11,228 3,422 1,400
Kitchener, Mount 05.05.2013 11,500 3,505 40.0 1,900
Lunette Peak 09.22.2012 11,150 3,398 23.0 2,000
Murchison, Mount 08.21.2013 11,000 3,353 10.0 1,800
North Twin Peak 05.12.2012 12,238 3,730 42.0
Recondite Peak 08.16.2013 11,011 3,356 80.0 3,500
Resplendent Mountain 04.08.2016 11,241 3,425 26.0 1,930
Rudolph Peak (Lyell I) 06.26.2015 11,505 3,507 14.0 1,350
Sir Douglas, Mount 07.18.2015 11,174 3,406 26.0 2,500
Snow Dome 05.05.2013 11,339 3,456 40.0 1,900
South Twin Peak 05.07.2015 11,749 3,581 46.0 1,700
Stutfield Peak 05.11.2012 11,319 3,450 45.0
Stutfield Peak (NE2) 05.11.2012 11,099 3,383 45.0
Temple, Mount 09.15.2007 11,625 3,543 14.0 1,600
Twins Tower 05.12.2012 11,900 3,627
Victoria - North Summit, Mount 07.24.2015 11,115 3,388 21.0 2,300
Victoria, Mount 09.09.2007 11,365 3,464 14.0 1,600
Warren, Mount 07.30.2015 11,030 3,359 17.0 1,400
West Twin 05.03.2013 11,024 3,360 45.0
Willingdon, Mount 08.31.2013 11,067 3,373 40.0 2,400
Woolley, Mount 09.06.2014 11,171 3,405 1,250