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Mount Hungabee

Mount Hungabee
Hungabee Mountain
Northeast aspect
Highest point
Elevation3,492 m (11,457 ft)[1][2]
Prominence987 m (3,238 ft)[3]
Coordinates51°19′58″N 116°17′02″W / 51.33278°N 116.28389°W / 51.33278; -116.28389[4]
Mount Hungabee is located in Alberta
Mount Hungabee
Mount Hungabee
Location in Alberta
Mount Hungabee is located in British Columbia
Mount Hungabee
Mount Hungabee
Mount Hungabee (British Columbia)
ProvincesAlberta and British Columbia
Protected area
Parent rangeBow Range
Topo mapNTS 82N8 Lake Louise[4]
First ascent21 July 1903[3]
Easiest routerock/snow climb

Mount Hungabee, officially Hungabee Mountain, is a mountain located on the boundaries of Banff National Park and Yoho National Park on the Continental Divide at the head of Paradise Valley, in Canada. The peak was named in 1894 by Samuel Allen after the Stoney Indian (also known as Nakoda) word for "chieftain" as the mountain is higher than its neighbouring peaks.[4][1] The mountain can be seen from the Icefields Parkway (#93) in the upper Bow Valley.



Mt. Hungabee was first climbed in 1903 by H.C. Parker who was guided by Hans Kaufmann and Christian Kaufmann.[1]


The normal climbing route is via the west ridge (III 5.4) which features route finding challenges. Early summer is not recommended due to avalanche hazard from snow on the NW face.[1]


Mount Hungabee is composed of sedimentary rock laid down during the Precambrian to Jurassic periods.[5] Formed in shallow seas, this sedimentary rock was pushed east and over the top of younger rock during the Laramide orogeny.[6]


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Mount Hungabee is located in a subarctic climate zone with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers.[7] Winter temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C.


See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Mount Hungabee". Retrieved 2004-05-04.
  2. ^ "Topographic map of Hungabee Mountain". Retrieved 2023-07-23.
  3. ^ a b "Hungabee Mountain". Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  4. ^ a b c "Hungabee Mountain". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  5. ^ Belyea, Helen R. (1960). The Story of the Mountains in Banff National Park (PDF). (Report). Ottawa: Geological Survey of Canada. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-10-02. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  6. ^ Gadd, Ben (2008), Geology of the Rocky Mountains and Columbias
  7. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L. & McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11: 1633–1644. ISSN 1027-5606.

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