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Sunburst Peaks
Sunburst Peak.jpg
Sunburst Peaks centered with Mount Assiniboine behind left
Highest point
Elevation 2,849 m (9,347 ft)
Prominence 79 m (259 ft)
Parent peak Wedgwood Peak (3024  m)
Geography
Location Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
British Columbia, Canada
Parent range Canadian Rockies
Topo map NTS 82J13
Geology
Age of rock Cambrian
Type of rock sedimentary rock
Climbing
First ascent 1910 T.G. Longstaff, Katherine Longstaff, Rudolph Aemmer
Easiest route Scrambling
Sunburst Peak panorama
Sunburst Peak above Sunburst and Cerulean Lakes

Sunburst Peaks is a 2,849-metre (9,347-foot) mountain summit located in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia, Canada. Its nearest higher peak is Wedgwood Peak, 1.0 km (0.62 mi) to the south. The mountain is situated immediately southeast of Sunburst Lake, west of Lake Magog, and south of Cerulean Lake.

History

The first ascent of the peak was made in 1910 by Katherine Longstaff and her brother Dr. Tom Longstaff, with Rudolph Aemmer as their guide.

The mountain was named Sunburst Peak in 1953 after Sunburst Lake, which had been named by the Interprovincial Boundary Survey. The name was officially changed by the Geographical Names Board of Canada to Sunburst Peaks (plural) on February 15, 1983 with the intention extended to apply to three peaks.

Geology

Sunburst Peak is composed of sedimentary rock laid down during the Cambrian period. 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, Sunburst Peak 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. Precipitation runoff from the peak drains into headwaters of the Mitchell River.

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