Mount Whyte

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Mount Whyte
Elevation:2,983 metres (9,787 feet)
Coordinates: Template:Coor dms
Location:Alberta, Canada
Topo map:NTS 82N/08
Range:Canadian Rockies
First ascent:1901
Easiest route:scramble

Mount Whyte is a mountain in Banff National Park near Lake Louise, Alberta. The mountain was named in 1898 by Sir William Methuen after William Whyte, a representative of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Mt. Whyte is usually combined with Mount Niblock (2,976m) when done as a scramble. However, while Mt. Niblock is rated a moderate scramble, Mt. Whyte is much more difficult due to additional exposure and loose rock. The scramble should not be attempted in snowy conditions due to considerable fall distance which would likely prove fatal. A route description can be found in Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies.

For rock climbers, the Perren Route (II 5.6) is another option. While mostly a scramble as well, a short section of difficult climbing near the top in addition to route finding challenges and loose rock will not make it an easy ascent.

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