Robson, Mount

ROBSON, MOUNT (el 3,954 m), the highest peak in the Canadian ROCKY MTS, towers above Berg Lk 72 km west of Jasper. It is the focal point of Mt Robson Provincial Park (2195.34 sq km), est 1913, one of the first and largest provincial PARKS. The FRASER R rises in Moose Lk in the park. The mountain is known by the local First Nation as Yuh-hai-has-kun ("Mountain of the Spiral Road") but the origin of the current name is uncertain. The first ascent may have been made by Rev George B. Kinney and Donald "Curly" Phillips on 13 Aug 1909: their climb was later discredited. The mountain was climbed again on 31 July 1913 by W.W. "Billy" FOSTER and Albert H. MacCarthy, led by their guide, Conrad KAIN. It is still a challenging ascent even for the best of MOUNTAINEERS. Mt Robson is also the name of a CNR station and a TOURISM service centre just west of the park.