Mount Balfour

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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.

Elevation (feet): 10,735
Elevation (meters): 3,272
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Rockies
Province: Alberta
Latitude: 51.565333
Longitude: -116.466064
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

Trip Reports

There are 2 trip reports for Mount Balfour.

  • Log #18254 - by Yan Pennec on May 10, 20043.00 stars
    Thanks 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, 20033.00 stars
    Did 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...