I don’t know what season it was when Captain John Palliser and the other members of the British North American Exploring Expedition (more commonly known as the Palliser Expedition) worked their way through the Crowsnest Pass at some point between 1857 and 1860, on their mission to survey a massive chunk of western Canada. If it was in the autumn, with the aspen trees putting on a brilliant show, they were probably especially awed, as I was a few weekends ago, at the magnificence of Seven Sisters Mountain, first named The Steeples by one of the explorers. Almost one hundred years after the expedition passed through, in 1951, a daring Swiss-born mountaineer named Bruno Engler became the first person to successfully ascend the Seven Sisters, “with considerable difficulty“…and, as this account from 2014 shows, not too many people have attempted it since. Staying on the ground to admire the impressive “steeples” seems much safer and very, very pleasant.
Looks very special
A beautiful sight, for sure!
Sheryl, I think I’d stay on the ground too! What a sight.
I can’t imagine scaling those peaks…wow!
I love this photo,Sheryl! All the different bands of colour – and what an imposing mountain!
“Imposing” is definitely the perfect word to describe this mountain!
I love all mountains but like staying at ground level too. 😉 There are so many elevations and different scenery at each. How fun that is.
I can’t fathom the effort it must take to climb some of those peaks! Amazing!
Thanks so much! It was such a grey day, with snow looming, but the aspens were so bright.
I have heard of Seven Sisters mountain but had never seen it before. Thanks for the wee history lesson. I love learning more about Canada.
I love researching these types of things, I’m glad you enjoyed!
I think you were wise to admire them from afar.
Too much work for me – plus, I’m terrified of heights! 🙂
We were so pleased to take in this view!