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Purcell Mountains (Purcells)
Parent Area: Columbia Mountains
Area: 24240 sq km.Location: The Purcells are located in southwestern British Columbia, west of the Rocky Mountains. They are one of the Interior Ranges of British Columbia.
Terrain: Composed mostly of sedimentary rocks, including argillites, sandstones and limestones. Of particular interest to mountaineers are the numerous granitic intrusions such as the Bugaboos and the St Mary Batholith. Non-granitic rocks in the Purcells are generally quite old - compression in Paleocene times thrusted the overlying rocks eastwards into Alberta, forming the Rocky Mountains. The Purcells are generally 500 m lower than the Rockies, but there are still numerous peaks between 3300 and 3500 m.
History: The Purcells were named by James Hector for Dr. Goodwin Purcell (1817-1876), one of Hector's medical instructors. Purcell served on the selection committee for the Palliser Expedition, which traversed the area.
Alpine Journal Articles
1914 First Ascents Of Mt. Farnham And Mt. Farnham Tower (1914) A. H. MacCarthy
1915 Climbs and Explorations in the Purcell Range in 1915 - Ethelbert W. E. Stone
1915 Climbs and Explorations in the Purcell Range in 1915 - Delphine W. E. Stone
1928 Trails of the Athabaska and Columbia, 1928 - Part 2 J Munroe Thorington
1959 The 1959 H.M.C. Climbing Camp George Millikan