Mount Hector (Alberta)

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Mount Hector
Mount Hector Alberta Canada 2014.jpg
Highest point
Elevation3,394 m (11,135 ft) [2][1][3]
Prominence1,759 m (5,771 ft) [2]
[1](Kicking Horse Pass)
Parent peakMount Victoria[1]
Coordinates51°34′24″N 116°15′30″W / 51.57333°N 116.25833°W / 51.57333; -116.25833Coordinates: 51°34′24″N 116°15′30″W / 51.57333°N 116.25833°W / 51.57333; -116.25833[2]
Mount Hector is located in Alberta
Mount Hector
Mount Hector
Mount Hector is located in Canada
Mount Hector
Mount Hector
Mount Hector (Canada)
Parent rangeMurchison Group
Topo mapNTS 82N/09
Age of rockCambrian
Type of rockSedimentary rock
First ascent1895
Easiest routerock/snow/glacier climb
Mount Hector from Fairview Mountain

Mount Hector is a 3,394-metre (11,135-foot) mountain summit located in the Bow River valley of Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. The mountain was named in 1884 by George M. Dawson after James Hector, a geologist on the Palliser expedition.[4][5] The mountain is located beside the Icefields Parkway, 17 km (11 mi) north of Lake Louise.

The first ascent was made in 1895 by Philip S. Abbot, Charles Fay and Charles S. Thompson.[1]


Like other mountains in Banff Park, Mount Hector is composed of sedimentary rock laid down during the Precambrian to Jurassic periods.[6] Formed in shallow seas, this sedimentary rock was pushed east and over the top of younger rock during the Laramide orogeny.[7]


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Mount Hector is located in a subarctic climate with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers.[8] Temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C. Precipitation runoff from Mount Hector drains into tributaries of the Bow River.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Mount Hector". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  2. ^ a b c "British Columbia and Alberta: The Ultra-Prominence Page". Retrieved 2012-12-23.
  3. ^ Bow Lake and Ssskatchewan Crossing (Map) (2nd ed.). 1:70,000. Cochrane, AB: Gem Trek Publishing. 2000. ISBN 1-895526-10-8. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  4. ^ "Mount Hector". Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  5. ^ Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Geographic Board of Canada. 1928. p. 63.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Gadd, Ben (2008). "Geology of the Rocky Mountains and Columbias". Missing or empty |url= (help)
  8. ^ 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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