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North America, Canada, Mount Cooper, Southern Lakes Group, Selkirks

Mount Cooper, Southern Lakes Group, Selkirks. Two unsuccessful attempts were made during 1958 on unclimbed Mount Cooper (10,000 feet), the highest peak in the Southern Lakes Group of the Selkirks. The first attempt was made in late June by A.A.C. members William Buckingham, John Noxon, and Robert West. After a two-day approach from New Denver, via Wilson and Kane Creeks, this party reached a height of 9200 feet on the west face of the mountain before being forced back by severe storms. Earlier, they had succeeded in making the first ascent of an unnamed 8800-foot peak north of Kane Creek. Later in the summer Arthur Maki and Stephen Simpson tried to reach Mount Cooper from the south. Although the latter party was unable to make a serious attempt on this mountain, they did make a first ascent of an intervening peak about 9000 feet in height.

Robert West