Storm Mountain (Banff)
3100m (10171ft.)

Located on the continental divide in the Bow River Valley opposite Castle Mountain; East buttress of Vermilion Pass. Ball Range, on the border of Banff & Kootenay parks, Alberta/BC border. Major headwaters Bow & Kootenay rivers.
Latitude 51; 12; 30 Longitude 116; 00; 15, Topo map 82N/01

Panorama viewpoint: Upper Bow Valley. Can be seen from Highways 1 and 93N

Named by George M. Dawson in 1884. The mountain was shrouded by storm clouds for much of the time that Dr. Dawson was camped below it. Official name.

First ascended in 1889 by W.S. Drewry, A. St. Cyr, guided by Tom Wilson.

Photo: Looking southwest to Storm Mountain from Castle Junction on the Trans-Canada Highway
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Other Information
Photo: Looking south to Storm Mountain from the Bow Valley Parkway

Storm Mountain is the beautiful and colourful peak that towers above Castle Junction just south of the point where Highway 93 passes over Vermilion Pass into Kootenay National Park. During the summer a large, triangular-shaped snowpatch near the top of the gentle western shoulder helps with identification when viewing the mountain from the northwest.

The mountain was named by George Dawson in 1884 after numerous storm clouds were seen on its summit.

The mountain must have seemed particularly well-named to surveyor James J. McArthur who climbed it on three separate occasions and each time was prevented by taking the photographs necessary for his work by sudden bad weather. (Mapper of Mountains)

The government department which regulates place names attempts to avoid having the same name for two different features, particularly when they are fairly close to each other. In the case of the name "Storm Mountain" we have two of them only one hundred kilometres apart and both are said to have been named by George Dawson in the same year and for the same reason. A further coincidence is that they are within five metres of each other in elevation. As a "calendar" or "postcard" mountain the Highwood Valley Storm Mountain cannot compete with the Vermilion Pass Storm Mountain which is somewhat isolated and very picturesque from the Bow Valley.

Neither Storm Mountain appears on Dr. Dawson's 1886 map and it seems quite out of character, given his precise nature, that he named both these peaks as outlined above. However Storm Creek is noted on the map and must have been named at the time he visited the upper Highwood Valley and named Mist Mountain. It seems likely that the mountain at the head of the creek subsequently took on the name of the creek.

Climbing Routes
East Ridge III 5.6
The most prominent line on the mountain, and apart from the stagger up the talus slopes on the N ridge, it is the most popular route on the mountain. The route is mostly a scramble though a few sections will keep most folks interested. There may be snow on the upper parts of the climb and an ice axe and crampons may be necessary. You'll be able to tell by examining the route from the highway. Be prepared for the descent - it's over large talus and is a knee-jarring affair. Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs page 78

North-East Face V 5.9 A3
This was a fine first ascent of a difficult route in winter by two young alpinists over four days. Between the E ridge and the N ridge of the mountain lies the NE face with a prominent gully running up the lower half of it. The route follows the gully, then negotiates the rock band above via some difficult climbing. It is likely to be fairly hazardous in summer due to rockfall. Dougherty, Selected Alpine Climbs page 78

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