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Mount Lorette
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Mount Lorette in November
Highest point
Elevation 2,487 m (8,159 ft)
Prominence 49 m (161 ft)
Parent peak Skogan Peak (2662 m)
Listing Mountains of Alberta
Geography
Location Alberta, Canada
Parent range Kananaskis Range
Canadian Rockies
Topo map NTS 82J/14
Geology
Age of rock Cambrian
Type of rock limestone
Climbing
First ascent 1952
Easiest route Scramble

Mount Lorette is a 2,487-metre (8,159-foot) summit centrally located in Kananaskis Country in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. Mount Lorette's nearest higher peak is Skogan Peak, 2.0 km (1.2 mi) to the north-northwest. Mount Lorette is a landmark that can be seen from Highway 40 north of the Kananaskis Village area.

History

It was named in 1922 for Lorette Spur, a ridge to the north of Vimy Ridge which was the scene of very heavy fighting during World War I. Capturing Lorette Spur marked a significant battle in French military history.

The first ascent of the peak was made in 1952 by R.C. Hind, B. Richardson, L. Keeling, J. Manry, J. Dodds, and C. McAllister.

The mountain's name was officially adopted in 1953 by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.

Geology

Mount Lorette 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 Lorette 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 the mountain drains into the Kananaskis River which is a tributary of the Bow River.

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