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Photo: Edward Peak (left) and Rudolph Peak from the south (courtesy Reink Lakeman)

Rudolph Peak

  • 3507 m (11,505ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
51.9636N -117.090W
Located at the head of Arctomys Creek above the Lyell Icefield

Province: Alberta
Park: Banff
Headwater: Saskatchewan
Ascent Date: 1926
Ascent Party: Alfred Ostheimer, M.M. Strumia, J. Monroe Thorington
Ascent Guide: Edward Feuz jr.
Year Named: 1972
Named by: Sydney R. Vallance
Named for: Aemmer, Rudolph (Rudolph Aemmer was an early moutaineering guide in the Canadian Rockies.) (see biog.)

There are five peaks in the Lyell group (see Mount Lyell) that rise in a semi-circle above the Lyell Icefield. Although the summits are relatively high in elevation, the peaks present only a modest rise above the surrounding glaciers." -courtesy Chic Scott The five peaks of Mount Lyell were named, at the suggestion of Sydney Vallance, after prominent mountaineering guides originally brought to Canada by the CPR and who became residents of Canada. The five were Edward Feuz jr., Ernest Feuz, and Walter Feuz, >Rudolph Aemmer, and Christian Hasler jr. and they took up permanent residence in Golden in 1912. They are part of what was called the "Swiss Guide Group." Rudolph Aemmer (1883-1973) The five peaks form an arc which opens to the east on the Alberta side of the Lyell Icefield, Ernest Peak being at the centre. Rudolph Peak is at the northeast end of the arc with Edward Peak lying midway between Ernest Peak and Rudolph Peak. Rudolph Peak and Edward Peak are not on the Continental Divide. The other three peaks are. The southeast end of the arc is Christian Peak with Walter Peak lying between Christian Peak and Ernest Peak. After receiving his guide’s license in 1907, Rudolph Aemmer left Switzerland for Canada in 1909. He enjoyed a long career and was highly respected. Following his dramatic rescue of Mrs. Stone on Eon Mountain, he was awarded a special citation by the American Alpine Club. His response was, “Real guides cannot be heroes. When somebody gets into trouble in the mountains, we go after him, take the necessary risks, and bring him down. Nothing else counts." He remained in Canada until his retirement in 1950.

Photo: Four of the five peaks of Mount Lyell(l-r) Walter Peak, Ernest Peak, Edward Peak, and Rudolph Peak from the east near Arctomys Peak (courtesy Alan Kane)