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Mount Hungabee
Hungabee Mountain
Mt hungabee from paradise valley.jpg
As seen from Paradise Valley in 2007
Highest point
Elevation 3,492 m (11,457 ft)
Prominence 987 m (3,238 ft)
Geography
Country Canada
Parent range Bow Range
Topo map NTS 82N/08
Climbing
First ascent 21 July 1903
Easiest route rock/snow climb
Opabin Plateau Alpine Tarn
Mount Hungabee (left) and Opabin Pass

Mount Hungabee, officially Hungabee Mountain, is a mountain located on the boundaries of Banff National Park and Yoho National Park on the Continental Divide at the head of Paradise Valley. The peak was named in 1894 by Samuel Allen after the Stoney Indian (also known as Nakoda) word for "chieftain" as the mountain is higher than its neighbouring peaks. The mountain can be seen from the Icefields Parkway (#93) in the upper Bow Valley.

Climbing

History

Mt. Hungabee was first climbed in 1903 by H.C. Parker who was guided by Hans Kaufmann and Christian Kaufmann.

Routes

The normal climbing route is via the west ridge (III 5.4) which features route finding challenges. Early summer is not recommended due to avalanche hazard from snow on the NW face.

Geology

Mount Hungabee 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 Hungabee 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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