Accurate Mountain Heights

A group of outdoor enthusiasts associated with the Geomatics Department at the University of Calgary under the leadership of Professor Emeritus Gérard Lachapelle in addition to keen scramblers from the community are measuring heights of local peaks to an accuracy of 1 metre. They make use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) that use highly sophisticated and very expensive geodetic grade equipment, and complex methods, algorithms and software developed by Natural Resources Canada. This involves hauling rugged, self-contained 1 kg units to summits to record measurements for at least 15 minutes. GNSS-derived heights are with respect to the "ellipsoid", a theoretical geometrical figure that best fits the average ocean sea level. These heights are then converted accurately to heights above sea-level for each summit using another software developed by Natural Resources Canada. Heights above sea-level are used universally for all topographic features, including mountain heights.


Mountain Notes Height m Height ft UTM Coordinates Ascent Date Measured by
Kananaskis Country
Allan, Mount28329291624674 E 5646801 N5 Jul 2018G. Lachapelle, P. Gratton, J. Horrelt and E. Lemieux, and with the assistance of J.D. Bourassa and K. Pexman.
Baldy Pass Lowest Point18285997638237 E 5650438 N10 Jun 2019J.D. Bourassa and G. Lachapelle
Baldy, Mount21927192636775 E 5653038 N18 Apr 2019B. Budenz
Barrier Lake Fire LookoutNatural summit20166614634592 E 5656934 N17 Apr 2019G. Lachapelle
Ben's Hill Stone Circle Hill19286325655555 E 5639818 N3 Jan 2019J.D. Bourassa and G. Lachapelle
Big Sister Peak29829783615586 E 5652769 N25 Jun 2019R. MacLennan and B. Makuk
Bull Creek Hills Main summit (Highwood)21667106673123 E 5588871 N4 Jun 2019G. Lachapelle
Burke, Mount25408333676338 E 5573832 N3 Jul 2019J.D. Bourassa and G. Lachapelle
Cornwall, Mount29909810644877 E 5622676 N22 Jul 2019Lachapelle's and Bourassa's
Cox Hill North Summit21937195647332 E 5650994 N2 May 2018G. Lachapelle, P. Gratton, J. Horrelt and E. Lemieux, and with the assistance of J.D. Bourassa and K. Pexman.
Cox Hill South Summit22117254646907 E 5650826 N15 Jun 2018G. Lachapelle, P. Gratton, J. Horrelt and E. Lemieux, and with the assistance of J.D. Bourassa and K. Pexman.
Door Jamb Mountain19716467630119 E 5661124 N13 Jun 2019B. Makuk and R. MacLennan
Fir Creek Point Highwood18756152671903 E 5586927 N4 Jun 2019G. Lachapelle
Forgetmenot East RidgeHigh point22487375655081 E 5628310 N5 Aug 2019J.D. Bourassa and G. Lachapelle
Forgetmenot MountainFormer lookout concrete base23237621656544 E 5624685 N5 Aug 2019J.D. Bourassa and G. Lachapelle
Forgetmenot North RidgeHigh point22437359654149 E 5629299 N5 Aug 2019J.D. Bourassa and G. Lachapelle
Forgetmenot South RidgeGround beside cairn23297641654946 E 5626390 N5 Aug 2019J.D. Bourassa and G. Lachapelle
Fortress Mountain30169895623724 E 5632217 N9 Jul 2018G. Lachapelle, P. Gratton, J. Horrelt and E. Lemieux, and with the assistance of J.D. Bourassa and K. Pexman.
G8 Wasootch23497707633468 E 5645578 N17 Jun 2019G. Lachapelle
Goat Mountain24147920630006 E 5664173 N12 Jun 2019R. MacLennan and B. Makuk
Grant MacEwan Peak21777142631686 E 5655139 N6 Apr 2019B. Budenz
Grotto Mtn27268944621329 E 5661028 N11 May 2019R. MacLennan and B. Makuk
Gypsum RidgeObservation point21066909630225 E 5616061 N11 Mar 2019G Lachapelle
Ha LingParking height: 1663m24748117612141 E 5658194 N4 May 2018G. Lachapelle, P. Gratton, J. Horrelt and E. Lemieux, and with the assistance of J.D. Bourassa and K. Pexman.
Hailstone Butte North SummitLookout23687769681420 E 5564962 N3 Aug 2019J.D. Bourassa and G. Lachapelle
Hailstone Butte South Summit23747789681461 E 5563795 N3 Aug 2019J.D. Bourassa and G. Lachapelle
Heart Mountain North Summit20796821630611 E 5655901 N6 Apr 2019B. Budenz
Hoffman, Mount20106594663431 E 5608466 N20 May 2019J.D. Bourassa & G. Lachapelle
Jumpingpound Summit22427356646978 E 5646427 N15 Jun 2018G. Lachapelle, P. Gratton, J. Horrelt and E. Lemieux, and with the assistance of J.D. Bourassa and K. Pexman
Junction HillHwys 541 & 4022357333666021 E 5586630 N28 May 2019J.D. Bourrassa & G. Lachapelle
Kidd, Mount29629718627321 E 5639544 N4 Jun 2019R. MacLennan and Brian Makuk
King Creek Ridge North Summit24347986633726 E 5622520 N24 Jun 2019G. Lachapelle
Lady MacDonald, Mount26138573617779 E 5664755 N12 May 2019B. Makuk and R. MacLennan
Lipsett, Mount25848478646942 E 5601542 N21 Jun 2018G. Lachapelle
Loder Peak20866844630122 E 5661794 N12 Jun 2019R. MacLennan and B. Makuk
Middle SisterCanmore27759104616422 E 5653678 N1 Jul 2019R. MacLennan
Midnight Peak23397674637965 E 5649422 N10 Jun 2019J.D. Bourassa and G. Lachapelle
Mist Mountain313810295648018 E 5602333 N30 Jul 2018G. Lachapelle, P. Gratton, J. Horrelt and E. Lemieux, and with the assistance of J.D. Bourassa and K. Pexman.
Mist RidgeHigh point25458350651261 E 5606167 N8 Aug 2019P. Gratton and G. Lachapelle
Moose Mountain Helipad24307972651910 E 5645274 N20 Jun 2018G. Lachapelle, P. Gratton, J. Horrelt and E. Lemieux, and with the assistance of J.D. Bourassa and K. Pexman.
Opal Ridge South26058547631313 E 5627676 N7 Jun 2018G. Lachapelle, P. Gratton, J. Horrelt and E. Lemieux, and with the assistance of J.D. Bourassa and K. Pexman.
Outlaw Peak29659728645349 E 5620821 N22 Jul 2019Bourassa's and Lachapelle's
Pigeon Mountain24117910625792 E 5654521 N27 Jun 2018G. Lachapelle, P. Gratton, J. Horrelt and E. Lemieux, and with the assistance of J.D. Bourassa and K. Pexman.
Piper Pass25748445639116 E 5617791 N26 Aug 2019J.D. Bourassa and G. Lachapelle
Powderface Ridge22047231651446 E 5634756 N25 Sep 2018G Lachapelle & J.D. Bourassa
Prairie MountainBase at 1505m (pavement at start of Winter trail East of Gate)22057234654276 E 5639710 Nno dateG. Lachapelle, P. Gratton, J. Horrelt and E. Lemieux, and with the assistance of J.D. Bourassa and K. Pexman.
Remus, Mount26988852642936 E 5628975 N22 Jun 2019R. MacLennan and B. Makuk
Rundle East EndEast End (EEOR)25678422610590 E 5659979 N28 May 2019R. MacLennan
Sparrowhawk, Mount315210341621849 E 5644673 N18 Aug 2019B. Makuk and R. MacLennan
The Wedge26608727631354 E 5634704 N28 Jun 2019R. MacLennan and B. Makuk
Vents Ridge18075928654490 E 5637400 N1 Aug 2019J.D. Bourassa and G. Lachapelle
Wind Ridge Survey Marker (Highest Summit)21997215619744 E 5653414 N26 Jun 2019J.D. Bourassa and G. Lachapelle
Yamnuska Highest Peak22327323631700 E 5665286 N12 Jun 2018G. Lachapelle, P. Gratton, J. Horrelt and E. Lemieux, and with the assistance of J.D. Bourassa and K. Pexman.
Jasper National Park
Andromeda, MountSW Summit - **11000ers343511270483876 E 5780409 N26 May 2019R. MacLennan
Athabasca, Mount11000ers347911414486248 E 5781150 N15 May 2019R. McLennan and B. Makuk
Cromwell, MountRock on summit. At 10965 ft just falls short of being an 11,000er.334210965473192 E 5791029 N16 Jun 2019B. Makuk and R. MacLennan
Edith Cavell, Mount11000ers336111027428754 E 5835746 N29 Aug 2019R. MacLennan
Fryatt, Mount11000ers 335811017438244 E 5822638 N21 Aug 2019B. Makuk, R. MacLennan et D. Peterson
Kitchener, Mount ** 11000ers350011483478031 E 5785260 N22 May 2019B. Makuk and R. MacLennan
Snow Dome**11000ers345811345478323 E 5781910 N21 May 2019B. Makuk and R. MacLennan
Stuttfield West Peak**11000ers346211358472218 E 5787675 N16 Jun 2019R. MacLennan and B. Makuk
Harrison Range
Harrison, Mount11000ers (on top of 50 cm cairn)335311001628407 E 5546871 N25 Jul 2019B. Makuk, R. MacLennan and D. Peterson
Elk Lakes-Royal Area
King George, Mount11000ers341111191612886 E 5606152 N8 Aug 2019R. MacLennan and D. Peterson
Prince George, Mount28799446614588 E 5606782 N7 Aug 2019R. MacLennan and D. Peterson
Cline Range
Cline, Mount11000ers East of Banff NP337411070521731 E 5768857 N30 Jul 2019R. MacLennan and B. Makuk
Banff National Park
Aylmer Lookout20716795609958 E 5683111 N26 May 2019G. Lachapelle
Cascade Mountain30069862651446 E 5634756 N2 Aug 2018J.D. Bourassa & G Lachapelle
Cirque Peak29809777540322 E 5727847 N23 Aug 2019G. Lachapelle and I. Walker
Harvey PassHeight of a pass defined as the highest point one has to reach to get through24307972583753 E 5665210 N15 Sep 2019M.E. Cannon & G. Lachapelle
Hector, Mount11000ers340411168551318 E 5713976 N4 May 2019R. MacLennan and B. Makuk
Huber, Mount11000ers335411004547881 E 5691198 N13 Jul 2019B. Makuk and R. MacLennan
Murchison, Mount334810984522795 E 5753179 N14 Aug 2019B. Makuk and R. MacLennan
Niblock, Mount29779767550619 E 5696554 N15 Jul 2019R. MacLennan and B. Makuk
Rundle, Mount29659728605396 E 5667390 N11 Jul 2019R. MacLennan and B. Makuk
Sulphur Mountain Helipad22567402599689 E 5666825 N19 May 2019G. Lachapelle
Temple, Mount11000ers354511631555264 E 5689159 N22 Jul 2019R. MacLennan and B. Makuk
Victoria North, Mount11000ers341611207547835 E 5692871 N7 Sep 2019R. MacLennan
Victoria South, Mount11000ers346711375548180 E 5692039 N3 Aug 2019R. MacLennan
Whyte, Mount29939820550625 E 5695551 N15 Jul 2019B. Makuk and R. MacLennan
Willingdon, Centre PeakCrown Peak - 11000ers335511007552816 E 5733747 N3 Jul 2019R. MacLennan and B. Makuk
Willingdon, Mount 11000ers337611076551821 E 5734199 N3 Jul 2019B. Makuk and R. MacLennan
Willingdon, South Tower334210965553153 E 5733520 N3 Jul 2019B. Makuk and R. MacLennan

** In some cases, peak summits are covered with thick snow and/or ice and it is not possible to find solid rock, let alone where the highest solid rock point is. In these cases, two asterisks are added under notes, indicating that the heights measured are with respect to the snow/ice surface at the time of measurements.