Mount Bosworth
2771m (9092ft.)

Located on the continental divide south and west of lower Bath Creek; north buttress of Kicking Horse Pass;. on the border of Banff & Yoho parks, Alberta/BC border. Major headwaters Bow & Columbia rivers.
Latitude 51; 27; 50 Longitude 116; 19; 50, Topo map 82N/08
Can be seen from Highways 1 and 93N

Named in 1903. Bosworth, G.M. (Mr. Bosworth was a freight manager and the fourth Vice President of the CPR.) Official name.

First ascended in 1903 by Topographical Survey

Photo: Mount Bosworth from the east on the Trans-Canada Highway near Lake Louise
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Other Information
Looking west to Mount Bosworth from Herbert Lake

The southern slopes of this mountain feature a huge avalanche chute that threatens the Trans-Canada Highway in years of heavy snow.

1971 was said to be the, "Year of the Hundred Year Avalanches" and was the first time that the slope was bombed to release the snowpack. A slide down a minor chute caused worry amongst the park staff and Peter Fuhrmann, the Alpine Specialist for Parks Canada at the time, set off in a helicopter to bomb the slope.

When the charge hit the snow the avalanche began, even before the charge went off. As quoted in the Winter 2000-2001 issue of Mountain Heritage Magazine, Furhmann recalls, "The slide created a huge fracture line all the way across the mountain and [the slide] started to move very, very slowly. It was awe inspiring. Then the explosive charge went off and the slide started to pick up momentum. It was the only time I had ever seen a slide turn from white into complete black. The reason was that he slide was ripping out major timber and the soil with it. The timber and the soil were mixing with the snow to create a black cloud. Massive spears of timber were flying in all directions. When the slide hit the highway it took out everything. It went right across the highway, across Sink Lake and across the valley to the old 1A Highway. All the telecommunications to the west were wiped out and the impact was so great that it moved the bed of the railway."

Scrambling Routes
Difficult scrambling for 30 m at top. Mount Bosworth is a small, unpretentious roadside peak rising directly on the Continental Divide that provides a fabulous view of much larger, more famous peaks nearby. A steep rock band just below the top is the crux. If you are near Field or Lake Louise, this is a good little trip that still does not see that many visitors. For a better view of the mountain, look from Highway 1A. The intersection is 0.6 km west. Try this route about late June or early July. Kane, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies page 265

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