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Peaks’ Project: From Benchlands

May 5, 2008


From BenchlandsPeaks’ Project: From Benchlands,
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Nestled in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, west of Calgary and east of Canmore and Banff, the The Municipal district of Bighorn No. 8 includes the five hamlets of Benchlands, Dead Man’s Flats, Exshaw, Harvie Heights and Lac Des Arcs. The summer villages of Ghost Lake and Waiparous are also located here.

The Benchlands is a hamlet located in The Municipal district of Bighorn No. 8 on the south of Benchlands one can find the Ghost River, while Highway 40 borders the northside of the hamlet.

The Benchland Trails Near Canmore in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park: “Canmore Alberta Recreation Map in 1999 a narrow singletrack network a sample loop stretches for 5.38 miles. To double the distance stay on the high line of the bench and wind all the way to the community of Harvey Heights. Along the way, the views are fabulous, highlighted by all the most famous peaks of the Bow Valley. As you emerge onto the bench, the views to the west are unobstructed, stretching from Mount Lougheed to the south all the way to Cascade Mountain to the north. © Copyright Ward Cameron Published by Ward Cameron Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.”

From south to North these peaks and valleys (Saddle Peak 2831m; Orient Point 2636, Devil’s Gap, Mt. Costigan 2980m, Mt. Alymer 3162m; Devil’s Head 2997m; Black Rock Mtn. 2910m and Castle Rock 2972m) are visible from Highway 940 () 12.4 km northwest of the junction with Highway 1A in Benchlands. Benchlands is a hamlet in the municipal district of Bighorn No. 8 which also includes the hamlets of Dead Man’s Flats, Exshaw, Harvie Heights and Lac Des Arcs. The summer villages of Ghost Lake and Waiparous are also located here. On the south of Benchlands one can find the Ghost River, while Highway 40 borders the northside of the hamlet.

Saddle Peak:

Saddle Peak Alberta . Value: 16
Height: 2835 m (9301 ft) Prominence: 930 m above Carrot Pass
Line Parent: Mount Girouard (12 km away, at bearing 277 degrees)
Location: N 51°13′ 51.6″ W 115°13′ 57.6″ 51°13.860′ -115°13.960′ 51.23100-115.23267 11U 623392 5676997 NAD27 11U 623396 5676779 Name Status: Official
Regions: Rockies & Columbia / Banff Kananaskis / Hector
NTS Map: 082.O.03
. Topozone . Google Map Located between the South Ghost River and the Ghost Lakes/Lake Minnewanka. (18 km NE of Canmore). (12 km E of Mount Girouard). This peak is #51 in Prominence List for Alberta.
Access is via dirt roads that run along the South Ghost River. The southeast ridge offers a non-technical ascent route. In fact you can hike up from almost any side.

History: Named in 1916 because a saddle was found below the peak, left by some unknown person.

Trip Reports
19 Saddle Peak – Possible First Ascent Rick Collier
15 Early Spring Ascents of End Mountain and Orient Point, with an Attempt on Saddle Peak Rick Collier

Topo Maps

Orient Point:

Orient Point (2636 m) lies 5km northeast from its Line Parent, Saddle Peak, “with the South Ghost River to the south and the Ghost River to the north. Although about 200m lower in elevation, it looms to the front of the higher Saddle Peak [when viewed from the Benchlands] Marking the most easterly extension of the Banff National Park, it is geographically in quite a prominent location and was probably used to “orient” early travellers to the whereabouts of Devil’s Gap, a well-known passage through the front ranges of the moutains. The fact that it is named a point rather than a mountain or peak is further evidence of its significance to early visitors (Birrell 2000:100).”

Rockies & Columbia >> Banff Kananaskis >> Hector. Canada >> Alberta
Height: 2636 m (8648 ft) Prominence: 396 m

N 51°15′ 00.0″ W 115°10′ 23.9″

From south to North these peaks and valleys (Saddle Peak 2831m; Orient Point 2636m, Devil’s Gap, Mt. Costigan 2980m, Mt. Alymer 3162m; Devil’s Head 2997m; Black Rock Mtn. 2910m and Castle Rock 2972m) are visible from Highway 940 () 12.4 km northwest of the junction with Highway 1A in Benchlands. Benchlands is a hamlet in the municipal district of Bighorn No. 8 which also includes the hamlets of Dead Man’s Flats, Exshaw, Harvie Heights and Lac Des Arcs. The summer villages of Ghost Lake and Waiparous are also located here. On the south of Benchlands one can find the Ghost River, while Highway 40 borders the northside of the hamlet.

Birrell, Dave. 2000. 50 Roadside Panoramas in the Canadian Rockies. Calgary: Rocky Mountain Books.

<a href=”http://www.bivouac.com/MtnPg.asp?MtnId=1513″>Orient Point,</a> Bivouac.com – Canadian Mountain Encyclopedia

Mount Costigan Alberta . Value: 16
Height: 2979 m (9774 ft) Prominence: 879 m
Line Parent: Mount Aylmer (11 km away, at bearing 291 degrees)
Location: N 51°17′ 17.9″ W 115°16′ 48.0″ 51°17.298′ -115°16.800′ 51.28830-115.28000 11U 619938 5683291 NAD27 11U 619942 5683072 Name Status: Official
Regions: Rockies & Columbia / Banff Kananaskis / Hector
NTS Map: 082.O.06
. Topozone . Google Map (23 km N of Canmore). (11 km E of Mount Aylmer). This peak is #65 in Prominence List for Alberta.
Located N of Lake Minnewanka and the Ghost Lakes.

Mount Costigan is the dominant peak in the center of the Benchlands panorama. It was named in 1904 after John Costigan who was a member of the New Brunswick Parliament and a Senator who often visited the area.

To the right of and 13km beyond Mount Costigan is Mount Alymer 3162m, an impressive pyramid-shaped mountain which is often capped with snow because of its height (Birrell 2000:102).

Height: 2979 m (9774 ft) Prominence: 879 m
Line Parent: Mount Aylmer (11 km away, at bearing 291 degrees)
Location: N 51°17′ 17.9″ W 115°16′ 48.0″ 51°17.298′ -115°16.800′ 51.28830-115.28000 11U 619938 5683291 NAD27 11U 619942 5683072 Name Status: Official
Regions: Rockies & Columbia / Banff Kananaskis / Hector
NTS Map: 082.O.06
. Topozone . Google Map (23 km N of Canmore). (11 km E of Mount Aylmer). This peak is #65 in Prominence List for Alberta.
Located N of Lake Minnewanka and the Ghost Lakes.

History: Named in 1904 after John Costigan who was a member of the New Brunswick Parliament and a Senator who often visited the area.

Benchlands is a hamlet in the municipal district of Bighorn No. 8 which also includes the hamlets of Dead Man’s Flats, Exshaw, Harvie Heights and Lac Des Arcs. The summer villages of Ghost Lake and Waiparous are also located here. On the south of
Benchlands one can find the Ghost River, while Highway 40 borders the northside of the hamlet.

Birrell, Dave. 2000. 50 Roadside Panoramas in the Canadian Rockies. Calgary: Rocky Mountain Books. (Birrell 2000)

<a href=”http://bivouac.com/MtnPg.asp?MtnId=1779″>Mount Costigan</a> bivouac.com

Mt. Aylmer

Source of the following text to be verified:

“Benchlands is a small community with an outstanding mountain view situated, suitably, on benches above the Ghost River. Beautifully framed between tree-covered foothills, the panorama features a variety of interesting front range mountains and one distant, beautiful and often snow-clad peak (Birrell 2000:30).”

“Saddle Peak (2831 m) is just left of the middle of this panorama. It is one of three peaks in the southern Rockies with this name [2]. (Birrell 2000:30).”

“Adjacent to Saddle Peak, Orient Point (2636 m) lies farther to the northeast, with the South Ghost River to the south and the Ghost River to the north. Although about 200 m lower in elevation, it seems to loom in front of the higher Saddle Peak. Marking the most easterly extension of Banff National Park, it geographically in quite a prominent location and was probably used to “orient” early travelers to the whereabouts of Devil’s Gap a well-known passage through the Front Ranges of the mountain. The fact that it is named a point rather than a mountain or peak further evidence of its significance to early visitors (Birrell 2000:30).”

“The Ghost Lakes are located in Devil’s Gap at the eastern end of the valley between Mount Costigan and Orient Point. Beyond lies the valley of Lake Minnewanka (Birrell 2000:30).”

“Mount Costigan (2980 m) is the dominant peak in the centre of the Benchlands panorama. It was named after the Honourable John Costigan, a New Brunswick parliamentarian and senator who visited the area (Birrell 2000:30).”

Notes

[1] Birrell, Dave. 2000. 50 Roadside Panoramas in the Canadian Rockies. Calgary: Rocky Mountain Books. This publication from which this text was taken included a map of 30 places from which the author identified peaks in the Rocky Mountains and black and white photos of these places identifying each one.

[2] “The most well known is a small mountain that overlooks the village of Lake Louise. A gentle “saddle-back” shaped pass to the west of it inspired the earliest travelers in the area to name it in 1894. It even features a stirrup-shaped pattern of snow that lasts into the early summer. A second Saddle Mountain is located in the Livingstone Range west of Nanton. Much more saddle-like in shape, this small mountain has two summits of almost equal elevation separated by a smoothly contoured connecting ridge (Birrell 2000:30).”

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