Mount Sir Donald or “Syndicate Peak”
So named in honour of the group who arranged the finances for the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, but was later renamed after their leader: Donald Smith.
First Ascent: 1890, Emil Huber, Carl Sulker, and Harry Cooper (porter)
Sir Donald was the first peak I found when I started looking up mountains to climb in the area. I still haven’t made it to the top, but one day I did hike up to the look-out across from it, which was pretty incredible. As soon as you reach the ridge, you can hear the water running down the glacier in its many waterfalls. It’s huge.
I’ll be charging back there as soon as I’m able. What a gorgeous peak.
Most popular climb: Northwest Ridge 5.4
Acrylic on wood: 50"x72"