Mount Goodsir

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Mount Goodsir
Mount Goodsir is located in British Columbia
Mount Goodsir
Mount Goodsir
British Columbia
Highest point
Elevation 3,567 m (11,703 ft) [1]
Prominence 1,887 m (6,191 ft) [1]
Coordinates 51°12′06″N 116°23′48″W / 51.20167°N 116.39667°W / 51.20167; -116.39667Coordinates: 51°12′06″N 116°23′48″W / 51.20167°N 116.39667°W / 51.20167; -116.39667[2]
Location Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
Parent range Ottertail Range
Topo map NTS 82N/01
First ascent 1903 by C. Fay, H. Parker, C. Hasler, C. Kaufmann[2][3]
Easiest route Southwest ridge of South Tower: hike/climb (Grade III, YDS 5.4)[4]

Mount Goodsir (or the Goodsir Towers) is the highest mountain in the Ottertail Range, a subrange of the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia. It is located in Yoho National Park, near its border with Kootenay National Park. The mountain has two major summits, the South Tower (the higher summit) and the North Tower, 3,525 metres (11,565 ft).

The mountain was named by James Hector in 1859 after two brothers, John Goodsir (a Professor of Anatomy at Edinburgh University) and H.D.S. Goodsir (a surgeon on the ship HMS Erebus).[2]

The standard route on the South Tower is the southwest ridge, a straightforward but long climb (Grade III), which consists primarily of non-technical terrain, but includes short sections of narrow ridge graded YDS 5.4. Access to any route on either Tower requires a long hike.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "British Columbia and Alberta: The Ultra-Prominence Page". Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  2. ^ a b c "Mount Goodsir". 
  3. ^ "Goodsir".  Lists the first ascent of the lower North Tower as 1909 by A. Eggers, J.P. Forde, P.D. McTavish, guided by Edward Feuz Sr.
  4. ^ a b Sean Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs in the Canadian Rockies, Rocky Mountain Books, 1991, ISBN 0-921102-14-3, p. 154.

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