Conrad Kain

Conrad Kain [1883–1934] was an Austrian mountain guide who guided extensively in Europe, Canada, and New Zealand, and was responsible for the first ascents of more than 60 routes in British Columbia. He is particularly known for pioneering climbs in the Purcell Mountains and the first ascents of Mount Robson (1913), Mount Louis (1916) and Bugaboo Spire (1916).

In our region, he was the namesake of Mount Kain and the Kain Face of Mount Robson.


  • Kain, Conrad [1883–1934]. Banff: Whyte Museum Archives. Die Erstbesteigung des Höchsten Giflei der Rockies, Mt. Robson (1913).
  • Kain, Conrad [1883–1934]. “The ascent of Mt. Robson.” Alpine Journal, Vol. 28 (1914):35
  • Kain, Conrad [1883–1934]. “The first ascent of Mt. Robson, the highest peak of the Rockies.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 6 (1914–1915):22-
  • Kain, Conrad [1883–1934]. “First ascent of Mt. Whitehorn.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 6 (1914–1915):42-43
  • Thorington, James Monroe [1895–1989]. “Conrad Kain, In memoriam.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 22 (1933):184-187
  • Kain, Conrad [1883–1934]. Where the clouds can go. J. Monroe Thorington. New York City: American Alpine Club, 1935

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