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Photo: Looking northwest to (l-r) Mount Cadorna and Mount Swiderski with The Warship in the foreground

Mount Swiderski

  • 3133 m (10,279ft)
  • Naming History
50.4697N -115.155W
Located 1 km north of Mount Cadorna at the head of Cadorna Creek; east of White River Valley

Province: BC
Headwater: Kootenay
Year Named: 1964
Named for: Swiderski, Sgt. Alexander (Sgt. Alexander of Fernie, BC was killed in action while serving with the RCAF during WW II. A twenty year old, he was serving with 9 Squadron when his Wellington Bomber failed to return from a night operation on June 12, 1942.)

Author Raymond M. Patterson referred to Mount Cadorna, Mount Swiderski, and Mount Battisti as the Three Giants of Nyahe-ya-'nibi, translated from the Stoney as "Go up to the mountains country." [Finch] George Pocaterra was the one who gave the group the name. In his book, ñThe Buffalo Head,î Patterson wrote of their trip to the area, ñFor Pocaterra this trip was, in a sense, a pilgrimage. As a very young man he had hunted with the Stoney Indians in the country to which we were going; and while it might now we known to a few as the West Fork of the Elk, to Pocaterra it was still the hidden valley, the valley of youth. He called it always by its Stoney name, Nyahe-ya-ïnibi, the ïGo-up-into-the-mountains-countryÍ; and I can see now the name translated, in an article that he wrote of the Italian Alpine Club Journal, as ïIl paese nel cuor delle montagneÍ _ïThe country in the heart of the mountains.Í No better name could be found for that great, silent meadow, six thousand feet above the sea, ringed around by glaciers and by mountains that rose to 11,000 feet, shut off from the world by passes that were no better than goat trails, by drowning rivers, a wild torrent and a tangle of huge, fallen trees. . .î Patterson would undoubtedly have enjoyed seeing these three impressive peaks from the summit of Holy Cross Mountain just west of his ranch in the Highwood Valley.

Photo: Mount Swiderski (right) and Mount Cadorna (courtesy Gillean Daffern)