Mount Whymper

Mount Whymper, named after Edward Whymper known for the first ascent of The Matterhorn (1865) is located 30 minutes Northwest of Banff in Kootenay Park.  Despite its moderate scramble rating, much of the ascent is on downsloping slabs covered in loose rock, and requires much routefinding.  At two points I found myself far off route, the first necessitating a downclimb, but on the second I found a great piece of history.  While contemplating my bad spot, I found at my feet an antique food tin.  I like to think it was from Whymper’s first ascent.

The route as seen from the Stanley Glacier trail parking lot
The route as seen from the Stanley Glacier trail parking lot
Looking West from the summit
Looking West from the summit
Snow is flying
Snow is flying
Looking South towards Storm Mountain and Mount Stanley
Looking South towards Storm Mountain and Mount Stanley
Whymper's food tin
Whymper's food tin
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