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Mount Allen
Mount Allen at Valley of Ten Peaks.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 3,310 m (10,860 ft)
Prominence 260 m (850 ft)
Country Canada
Parent range Canadian Rockies
Topo map NTS 82N/08
First ascent 1904 Gertrude Benham, Christian Kaufmann

Mount Allen is a mountain in the Canadian Rockies, located on the Continental Divide, which forms the provincial boundary between British Columbia and Alberta in this region. J. Monroe Thorington named this mountain for Samuel Evans Stokes Allen in 1924. Allen was an American cartographer who mapped this area of the Rockies in 1894-95. Allen had named this mountain "Shappee", the Stoney First Nations word for number 6 in reference to Allen's naming of the ten mountains in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. The peak forms part of the backdrop to Moraine Lake in Banff National Park.


The mountains in Banff Park are 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.


Based on the Köppen climate classification, the mountain has a subarctic climate with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. Temperatures can drop below -20 C with wind chill factors below -30 C in the winter.


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