Mountaineering Timeline

Mountaineering and Climbing

Mountaineering Timeline


  • In 1792, Peter Fidler purportedly becomes the first non-Native to ascend a mountain in the Rockies: Thunder Mountain, south of the Oldman Gap.

  • David Douglas, a young Scottish botanical collector in the employ of the Horticultural Society of London, crosses Athabasca Pass, near present-day Jasper, in 1827. Douglas claims to have ascended one of the two peaks guarding the height of land – which he named “Mount Brown” and “Mount Hooker” – and produces perhaps the first written account of an ascent in the range.

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