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Mount Glasgow
Mount Glasgow from Elbow River.jpg
Mount Glasgow seen from Elbow River valley
Highest point
Elevation 2,935 m (9,629 ft)
Prominence 283 m (928 ft)
Parent peak Mount Cornwall (2970 m)
Listing Mountains of Alberta
Geography
Location Alberta, Canada
Parent range Opal Range
Canadian Rockies
Topo map NTS 82J/15
Geology
Age of rock Cambrian
Type of rock limestone
Climbing
First ascent 1949, A Choquette
Easiest route Scramble East and west ridges

Mount Glasgow is a prominent 2,935-metre (9,629 ft) pyramid-shaped summit located between the Elbow River valley and Little Elbow River valley of Kananaskis Country in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. The peak is visible from Calgary, weather permitting. Mount Glasgow's nearest higher peak is Mount Cornwall, 2.0 km (1.2 mi) to the southwest.

History

Peter Fidler, the first non-native to visit southern Alberta, took bearings on this identifiable peak as he traveled south across the prairies near present-day Calgary. He wrote of it: "a remarkable high cliff, very much resembling a pyramid - from which very near resemblance I shall call it by that name." This is the first known instance of a non-native naming a peak in the Canadian Rockies.

However, the Pyramid name did not stick, and Mount Glasgow was named in 1922 for HMS Glasgow, a British warship involved in the Battle of the Falkland Islands during the First World War in the South Atlantic. The mountain's name became official in 1939 by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.

The first ascent of the peak was made in 1949 by Arnold Choquette.

Geology

Mount Glasgow 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, Mount Glasgow is located in a subarctic climate with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. Temperatures can drop below −20 °C (−4 °F) with wind chill factors below −30 °C (−22 °F). Precipitation runoff from the mountain drains into the Elbow River which is a tributary of the Bow River.

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