Mountaineering and climbing
Glacier National Park
Peaks of the Hermit Range, the Bonney and Bostock Groups, the Van Horne Range, Purity Range, Dawson Range, and the especially challenging Sir Donald Range all lie wholly or in part within Glacier National Park. Parks Canada provides a Climber's Descent Guide to Mount Sir Donald (PDF, 2 mb).
Glacier National Park is the acknowledged birthplace of mountaineering in North America. In 1888, two British mountaineers, Rev. William Spotswood Green and Rev. Henry Swanzy, completed the first recreational technical climbs in the Selkirks. Eleven years later, the services of Swiss guides were provided for guests at the Glacier House hotel in Rogers Pass. Those guides created the network of trails, providing access to local peaks, that has remained to this day.
Climbing requires special skills and equipment. For additional advice on routes, conditions and applicable fees, contact the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre. Voluntary registration services also are available at the Centre.
Download the Hiking in Glacier National Park brochure (PDF, 4 MB)
Download the Climber's Descent Guide to Mount Sir Donald (PDF, 2 MB)
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