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Mount Kerkeslin
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Mount Kerkeslin seen from Athabasca Falls
Highest point
Elevation 2,956 m (9,698 ft)
Prominence 730 m (2,400 ft)
Listing Mountains of Alberta
Geography
Location Alberta
Parent range Maligne Range
Topo map NTS 83C/12
Climbing
First ascent 1926 by F.H. Slark, guided by J. Weber

Mount Kerkeslin is a 2,956 m (9,698 ft) mountain summit located in the Athabasca River valley of Jasper National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. It is the highest peak of the Maligne Range. It is located in the south part of the Maligne Range, east of the Icefields Parkway and is visible from the Athabasca Falls lookout. Mount Kerkeslin is composed of sedimentary rock laid down during the Cambrian period and pushed east and over the top of younger rock during the Laramide orogeny.

The mountain was named in 1859 by James Hector during the Palliser expedition but the source of the name is not known.

Climate

Based on the Köppen climate classification, Mount Kerkeslin 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. Precipitation runoff from Mount Kerkeslin drains into the Athabasca River.

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