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Mount Outram
Mountains in Banff.jpg
Mount Outram seen from the Icefields Parkway
Highest point
Elevation 3,245 m (10,646 ft)
Prominence 735 m (2,411 ft)
Parent peak Mount Forbes (3617 m)
Listing Mountains of Alberta
Location Alberta, Canada
Parent range Forbes Group, Central Icefields
Canadian Rockies
Topo map NTS 82N/15
Type of rock Sedimentary
First ascent 1924 F.V. Field, W.0. Field, L. Harris, Edward Feuz Jr, J. Biner.
Easiest route Mountaineering

Mount Outram is a 3,245-metre (10,646-foot) mountain summit located in the Howse River Valley of Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. Its nearest higher peak is Mount Forbes, 4.37 km (2.72 mi) to the southwest. Glacier Lake is situated 4.0 km (2.5 mi) to the north, and the Sir James Glacier lies below the south aspect of the peak. Mount Outram can be seen from the Icefields Parkway southwest of Saskatchewan Crossing, with optimum photography conditions in morning light.


Mount Outram was named in 1920 for James Outram (1864-1925), a mountaineer who made numerous first ascents in the Canadian Rockies including Mount Assiniboine, Chancellor Peak, Cathedral Mountain, and Mount Wilson.

The first ascent of the mountain was made in 1924 by F.V. Field, W.O. Field, and L. Harris, with guides Edward Feuz Jr. and J. Biner.

The mountain's name was officially adopted in 1924 by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.


Like other mountains in Banff Park, Mount Outram is composed of sedimentary rock laid down from 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, Mount Outram is located in a subarctic climate zone with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. Temperatures can drop below -20 °C with wind chill factors below -30 °C. In terms of favorable weather conditions, summer months are best for climbing. Precipitation runoff from Mount Outram drains into tributaries of the Howse River.

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