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Mt Edith Cavell

A crisp winter coat covers Mt Edith Cavell at 3,368 m (11,050 ft). The mountain was renamed during WWI in 1916 after Edith Cavell, an English nurse who helped 200 Allied soldiers escape from occupied Belgium to the Netherlands. A pioneer of modern nursing in Belgium, she indiscriminately assisted wounded German and Allied soldiers and became known for her statement that "patriotism is not enough". After releasing the allied soldiers she was arrested by the Germans, found guilty of treason by a court martial, and sentenced to death. Despite significant international pressure for clemency, she was executed by firing squad. The mountain was known before 1916 as La Montagne de la Grande Traversée (the Mountain of the Great Crossing) due to its location above Athabasca Pass. The north face seen here was first climbed in 1961 by a party which included Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, along with Fred Beckey and Dan Doody. Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.