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Mount Sarrail
Mount Sarrail from Upper Kananaskis lake Alberta winter 2017.jpg
Mount Sarrail seen from the north
Highest point
Elevation 3,159 m (10,364 ft)
Prominence 269 m (883 ft)
Parent peak Mount Foch (3194 m)
Geography
Location Alberta, Canada
Parent range Canadian Rockies
Topo map NTS 82J/11
Geology
Age of rock Cambrian
Type of rock Limestone
Climbing
First ascent 1930 Katie Gardiner, Walter Feuz
Easiest route Scrambling

Mount Sarrail is a 3,159-metre (10,364-foot) mountain summit located in Kananaskis Country in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada. Mount Sarrail is situated 1.0 kilometre north of the Continental Divide, within Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Its nearest higher peak is Mount Foch, 1.0 km (0.62 mi) to the southeast. Mount Sarrail can be seen from Upper Kananaskis Lake and Alberta Highway 40.

History

The mountain was named in 1918 for General Maurice Sarrail (1856-1929), the commander of the French Third Army in World War I.

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

The first ascent of the mountain was made in 1930 by Kate (Katie) Gardiner and Walter Feuz. The duo also made the first ascents of nearby Mount Foch and Mount Lyautey that same year.

Geology

Mount Sarrail 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 Sarrail 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. In terms of favorable weather, June through September are the best months to climb Mount Sarrail. Precipitation runoff from the mountain drains into tributaries of the Kananaskis River.

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