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Lychnis Mountain
Tilted Mountain and Lychnis Mountain.jpg
Lychnis Mountain centered in the distance behind Tilted Mountain and Baker Lake
Highest point
Elevation 3,124 m (10,249 ft)
Prominence 244 m (801 ft)
Parent peak Mount St. Bride (3394  m)
Listing Mountains of Alberta
Geography
Location Alberta, Canada
Parent range Sawback Range
Canadian Rockies
Topo map NTS 82O/5
Geology
Age of rock Cambrian
Type of rock Sedimentary rock
Climbing
First ascent 1969 A.J. Kauffmann, W.L. Putnam, L. Putnam, L.R. Wallace

Lychnis Mountain is a 3,124-metre (10,249-foot) mountain summit located in Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. It is part of the Sawback Range. Its nearest higher peak is Mount St. Bride, 3.1 km (1.9 mi) to the north. The mountain is situated 2.0 km (1.2 mi) east of Tilted Mountain in an area of exposed Skoki Formation limestone which is known for fossils such as brachiopods, gastropods, conodonts, cephalopods, trilobites, and echinoderm fragments.

History

Lychnis Mountain was named in 1911 by James F. Porter for the alpine flower Lychnis.

The mountain's name was officially adopted in 1956 when approved by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.

The first ascent of the mountain was made in 1969 by A.J. Kauffmann, W.L. Putnam, L. Putnam, and L.R. Wallace.

Geology

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

Climate

Based on the Köppen climate classification, Lychnis Mountain is located in a subarctic climate with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. Temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C.

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