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The Old Settler  British Columbia   #1140
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges

Height: 2132 m -> 6995 feet
Prominence?: 1222 m above Spuzzum-Clear Pass
Line Parent?: Scuzzy Mountain (38.1 km away, at bearing 359 degrees)
Greater Parent: The Nipple (48.2 km away)

Location:   49.51194,-121.62139     49:30:43, -121:37:17   10U 599796 5485282 (20 km NW of Hope). NTS Mapsheet: 092.H.12   AreaCode: EM91/FG12
First Ascent: 1930 Unknown, early 1930's (possibly Survey party or A. Dalgleish, E. Brooks)
Old Settler in July
Located on the Talc/Cogburn Divide, 7 km south-west of Mount Fagervik. Highest peak located on the Harrison-Fraser divide. The Old Settler is a complex mountain composed of a tight grouping of four main peaks, with a prominent subsidiary peak out to the west at the end of a 2km long ridge.

Geologically, the Settler is a real jigsaw. The south summit is composed of bizarre reddish ophiolitic rock, some of which is obviously gabbro or dunite, and some which appears to be a rare gabbroidal gneiss. The Central and Northern summits are composed of a broken, old granodiorite mixed with serpentitite and other dark rocks. Just south of the south peak is a blue zone of schist, and a quartz monzonite or diorite outcrop occurs along the base of the peak near the shore of Daiphy Lake. Finally some limestone with extant mineral claims outcrops below the long NW ridge. There is a proposed molybdenum mine just across the valley of Talc Creek.

The red rock on the Settler offers superb climbing as it is solid and well endowed with holds and cracks for protection, and is grippy and highly suitable for friction climbing. The dark rock is generally somewhat looser.

A large family herd of goats uses the northwest ridge as a natal area to raise newly born kids. Please don't visit this part of the mountain in the May-early July period.

Name Notes: There is a pub in England called the Old Settler near the Harrison's Rocks climbing area. That may be the reason why this prominent mountain near Harrison Lake was named what it is. Another theory refers to the "Old Settlers" who were the members of the Cherokee Nation who moved prior to the Trail of Tears march and were not forcibly relocated.

Route Summaries exist for this mountain, but are only available to paid members.

Trip Reports within 1 km
16 2010.07.10 The Old Settler - Duck/Down Route Chris Whelan
26 2006.09.23 Black September (The Old Settler) Route Jesse Mason
46 2003.09.25 The Settler's Old, But Still Has Teeth Kevin Swanson
47 2002.08.05 Weekend Warrior - Four Alpine Climbing Trips Near Chilliwack Drew Brayshaw
17 2000.09.25 North East Buttress of the Old Settler Drew Brayshaw
17 1999.09.12 Mars Western - Yet another new route on the Old Settler Drew Brayshaw
15 1997.06.01 The Old Settler - two new routes and one new(?) approach Drew Brayshaw

2004.01.01 Proof from old Mtn record field Drew Brayshaw

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
22 The Settler at Sunset Justin Brown
11 Old Settler - Southwest Side from Air Drew Brayshaw
10 Old Settler North Summit Gerry Kollmuss
10 Good Night Settler, Good Night Urquhart Drew Brayshaw
9 Black September (The Old Settler) Jesse Mason
9 Old Settler and Urquhart Pat Graham
8 Old Settler Photo Topo Guide Drew Brayshaw
7 Old Settler - NE Side From Air, Winter Conditions Drew Brayshaw
7 Old Settler in July Tim Argast
6 Storm Light on Old Settler Drew Brayshaw
5 Old Settler PhotoTopo II(North & East sides) Drew Brayshaw
5 Old Settler - North Face from Base Drew Brayshaw
4 Old Settler from the North - Winter Drew Brayshaw
4 Old Settler - Halfway up W Buttress of S Peak Drew Brayshaw
3 Sunset on the Settler Drew Brayshaw
3 Unsettled Conditions On the NW Ridge of the Settler Drew Brayshaw
3 Crux pitch of the NE Buttress of the Old Settler Drew Brayshaw
3 The Old Settler from Daiphy Lake Stewart Douglas

Placename Photos
12 McNair, Emory and The Old Settler from Baird Simon Chesterton
8 Mt. Baird Area From Old Settler Drew Brayshaw
6 Anderson Group Cloudshadows Drew Brayshaw
5 Harrison East Divide Peaks From East Drew Brayshaw
4 The Many Flavors of Snafflehound (Weasel) Drew Brayshaw