Mount Balfour, the king of the Wapta Icefield, is a beautiful and majestic peak. The peak is a popular objective for ski mountaineers in the spring and alpinists in the summer months. The south slopes are recommended for a winter ascent and a variety of lines are available in the summer. Mt. Balfour was named for a Scot botanist, John Hutton Balfour, who provided training for Dr. James Hector and support for the Palliser Expedition.
|Difficulty:||Basic Snow/Ice Climb|
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug|
|Year first climbed:||1898|
|First successful climber(s):||C.L. Noyes, C.S. Thompson, G.M. Weed|
|Nearest major airport:||Calgary|
|Convenient Center:||Lake Louise|
There are 2 trip reports for Mount Balfour.
- Log #18254 - by Yan Pennec on May 10, 2004Thanks to Van Conrad who bring to the summit thanks to the clear blue sky thanks for the good snow Next time I come without Van, so I can ski the north face ;)
- Log #18255 - by Rene Boisselle on Nov 29, 2003Did the obvious ridge from Balfour hut. Climbed it with Scottish Officers while teaching mountaineering at the Banff National Cadet Camp in Alberta. Thanks to my Chief Instructor, the late Kevin O...