Saturday, January 25, 2014

Mount Edith Cavell,Jasper National Park, Canada:

Mount Edith Cavell,Jasper National Park, Canada

Mount Edith Cavell is a mountain located in the Athabasca River and Astoria River valleys of Jasper National Park, Canada. The mountain was named in 1916 for Edith Cavell, an English nurse and executed by the Germans during World War I for having helped allied soldiers escape from occupied Belgium to the Netherlands, in violation of military law.It was previously known as la montagne de la Grande traversée because it stands above Athabasca Pass.A close up view of the north face of Mt. Edith Cavell is visible after a short hike to Cavell Meadows. The trailhead is by the parking lot at the end of Mt. Edith Cavell road. The trail to the meadows is 3.8 kilometres one way, rising 370 metres to 2,135 metres. The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide describes the trail in detail.The hanging Angel Glacier is visible from Cavell Meadows, which spills over a 300 metres cliff on the north face.Access to the Tonquin Valley trails can be found about one km before the end of the Mt. Edith Cavell road. There is a parking area across from the Mt. Edith Cavell Hostel. A short walk down the gravel path leads to the north end of Cavell Lake. There is small bridge across the stream that empties the lake. From here there are good views with the lake in the foreground and the Mt. Edith Cavell massif in the background.It is believed that the world's largest glacial erratic located in Okotoks, Alberta, was once part of Mt. Edith Cavell. The erratic was formed approximately ten thousand years ago when a large portion of quartzite stone was stripped away from the mountain along with the receding Athabasca River Valley glacier.



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