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Mount Columbia  Alberta/British Columbia   #1
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Columbia Icefield

Height: 3741 m -> 12274 feet
Prominence?: 2383 m above Crowsnest Pass
Line Parent?: JF31 (1084.3 km away, at bearing 144 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Elbert (1677.0 km away)

Location:   52.14730,-117.44147     52:08:50, -117:26:29   11U 469793 5777513 (79 km E of Mica Creek). NTS Mapsheet: 083.C.03   AreaCode: FL27/BE44
First Ascent: 1902 J. Outram; C. Kaufmann
Mount Columbia From Near Snow Dome
This peak is #1 on the Height List for Alberta . This peak is #1 in Prominence List for Alberta . This peak is #11 on the Height List for British Columbia . This peak is #11 in Prominence List for British Columbia .Mount Columbia is the highest point on the continental divide between BC and Alberta. It is located near the head of the Athabasca River (Arctic Ocean), and separates it from the Columbia River (Pacific Ocean). Although it is the highest peak in Alberta, Mount Robson and others are higher in BC. From the north, the mountain towers almost 8000 ft above the Athabasca River valley. Height Notes: BC Basemap gives a height of 3741m. Putnam (1974) says 12,294, Corbett gives 3747 (12,293 feet), which is the same as PeakFinder. In general, Corbett and Peakfinder stick with the old guidebook numbers, rather than the newer TRIM survey numbers.

Name Notes: The peak was named by Norman Collie in 1899 after the Columbia River. The Columbia River was itself named in 1792 by Captain Robert Gray after his vessel, the Columbia. Interesting to note that in 1924, the peak was officially given the more proper name "Columbia Mountain", since having a prefix of "Mount" is usually reserved for peaks named after people. However, in 1956, the official name was changed to reflect the entrenched local form of the name.

BC Placename Cards say: "Columbia, Mount" was adopted in the 11th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1912. Identified as Columbia Mountain in the 18th Report GBC, 31 March 1924, and on BC-Alberta Boundary sheet #23, 1924, as identified on numerous early maps; changed back to Mount Columbia 2 August 1956, to reflect the entrenched local form of the name. (*BC)

1. Approach via Athabasca Glacier Long ski, dangerous crevasses at head of glacier, or icefall from above. From the Icefields Parkway, ascend the Athabasca Glacier, either traversing under the ice cliffs of Snow Dome, or venture into the thinly covered crevasses toward the center. Once up on the icefield itself, cross the icefield south of Snow Dome and continue south to "The Trench" at 52:08:07-117:21:15, the usual camp spot. See Athabasca Glacier Approach.

Distance: 12 km Equipment: Ski, Rope, ice axe AvgTime: 1 day
2. Approach via Saskatchewan Glacier Easy ski. Follow the Icefield Parkway (Highway 93) to the Saskatchewan Glacier trailhead (956802) located a few hundred meters east of the hairpin turn south of Sunwapta Pass. Park your vehicle just off the highway on the gravel road near the old bridge that crosses the North Saskatchewan River. Hike and ski up glacier and over the icefield to the Trench. See Saskatchewan Glacier Approach. Distance: 20 km to Trench Equipment: Glacier gear AvgTime: 1-2 days

Trips within 1 km
44 2018.05.16 Mount Columbia - in one day on skis Jake Van Allen
77 2009.05.09 Success on Mount Columbia Eric Coulthard
30 2008.09.18 Snow Dome Apex is not the exact continental triple point Route Klaus Haring
65 2004.07.30 Mount Columbia via West Face Rich Gebert
30 2000.07.12 Columbia - East Face Route Fred Touche
45 2000.07.10 Mount Columbia (via Saskatchewan Glacier) Martin Godwyn
44 2000.07.10 Mount Columbia via Saskatchewan Glacier - No Sleep John Hebron
39 1976.07.01 Columbia Icefield - Athabasca Glacier Approach Route Robin Tivy
44 1976.07.01 Mount Columbia Ski July 1 - Whiteouts be Dammed! Robin Tivy
15 null Columbia - Southeast Ridge Route Robin Tivy


Paper Maps
1:75000Columbia Icefield Gem Trek
1:400000Best of The Icefields Parkway Gem Trek
1:400000Canadian Rockies Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta & Southeast British Columbia Gem Trek

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
30 East Face of Columbia from East of the Trench Steph Durocher
17 Mount Columbia From Near Snow Dome Philip Mees
14 Mount Columbia from West Paul Baker
12 Mount Columbia from Mount Bryce Andrew McLeod
10 East Face Mount Columbia Rod Plasman
9 Mount Columbia South Face John Scurlock
9 West Face of Mount Columbia Rick Collier
8 Mount Columbia High Resolution Eric Coulthard
8 1966 Mt Andromeda 14 view of Mt Columbia Cliff Jennings
8 Columbia Panorama from Alexandra Rick Collier
7 Mount Columbia from Mount Erasmus Rick Collier
7 North Face of Mount Columbia Dieter Kepper
7 The Twins and Alberta from Mount Columbia Rich Gebert
7 Snow Dome, Mount Columbia, Mount Kitchener, and North Twin Rick Collier
7 Mount Columbia from the South Rick Collier
6 Columbia Glacier from the North Dieter Kepper
6 Approach to Columbia and King Edward Rich Gebert
4 Mount Columbia from Twins Tower Rick Collier
4 Mount Columbia from the Northeast Dieter Kepper
4 Mount Columbia Approach Panorama Dieter Kepper
4 Mount Columbia - East Face Serguei Okountsev
3 The East Face of Mount Columbia Jordan Peters

Placename Photos
16 View West of Mount Columbia (Labelled) Eric Coulthard
13 South Faces of Mount Andromeda and Mount Athabasca Eric Coulthard
13 Columbia Icefield Panorama from Tangle Ridge Eric Coulthard
13 View North West of Mount Columbia Eric Coulthard
13 Aqueduct Mountain from Mount Columbia Eric Coulthard
11 Omega Peak from Mount Columbia Eric Coulthard
11 Tangle Ridge and the Columbia Icefields Eric Coulthard
10 Terrace Mountain Panorama Eric Coulthard
8 Mount Saskatchewan and Surrounding Peaks Eric Coulthard
8 The Twins from Columbia Trench Robin Tivy
7 Labelled Panorama from Castleguard, Part 1 David Wasserman
6 Northwest Ridge on South Twin Rick Collier
6 Columbia Icefield (The Trench) Martin Godwyn
2 Sunset Over the Trench Jordan Peters