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Mount Colonel Foster  British Columbia   #1356
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges / Elk River Mountains

Height: 2134 m -> 7001 feet
Prominence?: 869 m  
Line Parent?: Elkhorn Mountain (5.3 km away, at bearing 32 degrees)
Greater Parent: Elkhorn Mountain (5.0 km away)

Location:   49.74981,-125.86748     49:44:59, -125:52:03   10U 293446 5514761 (13 km E of Gold River). NTS Mapsheet: 092.F.12   AreaCode: EM95/HI46
First Ascent: 1968 Mike Walsh
Mount Colonel Foster (Vancouver Island) in Early January 1996
In 1957 the Neave brothers and Karl Ricker made what was believed to be the FA of the mountain but reached the SW peak which was thought to be higher. Mike Walsh soloed the Main Peak in 1968 for the true first ascent.

Name Notes: Named in 1914 by an Alpine Club of Canada climbing party, after Colonel William Washborough Foster ( - 1953), later Major-General Foster, CMG, DSO, longtime member of the Alpine Club of Canada. In his capacity as Minister of Public Works, Colonel Foster had been instrumental in securing financing for the 1914 ACC expedition to the recently established Strathcona Park. His description of the early development of Strathcona Park was published in Canadian Alpine Journal Vol V, 1913, pp 96-99; participation in Mount Logan Expedition in CAJ 1924, pp27-47; obituary in CAJ 1955, p52.

1. From Tarn west of peak (1957.07.31) Ferris Neave, Hugh Neave, Karl Ricker. exposed difficult climbing. The next day, they again climbed up to the couloir. It was good hard climbing for the next 1000'. At several places the walls of our route closed in to form narrow vertical chimneys. Although the underlying rock was sound enough, loose debris cluttered all the ledges. The couloir eventually brought them to a notch in the dipping rock ridge which links the highest point of the mountain with the subpeak to the south. This is the point that was reached in 1954 by the Lash party. In the direction of our goal, a few yards of knife edged ridge led us to the base of a formidible rock face. Although not more than thirty feet high this pitch was sensationally exposed, offering unrestricted plunges on either side of our sharp ridge. Karl and I waited on good ledges while Hugh carefully worked his way up on small holds. Once above this critical obstacle, a few feet of easy climbing took us to the summit. See [Ja1053-Ferris Neave's account of First Ascent]
2. East Face North West Peak (2003.08.04) John Waters & Renee Monjo. 5.8 1000m (IV). The rock was very solid and clean except near the loose NW summit. Equipment: Reported to take "good gear"

Trips within 1 km
48 2008.06.28 Summit Traverse - Mount Colonel Foster Henrik Hinkkala
30 2006.08.05 Culbert Route - Mount Colonel Foster Brock Wilson
61 2001.09.14 Traverse of Mount Colonel Foster Steven Harng


Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
15 Mount Colonel Foster: North Tower in Clouds Steven Harng
9 Mount Colonel Foster (Vancouver Island) in Early January 1996 Sandy Briggs
8 Mount Colonel Foster from the Southeast Len Zedel
5 Colonel Foster Panorama Tom Roozendaal

Placename Photos
9 Golden Hinde and other big peaks from northern subpeak of Mount Tom Taylor Lucas Earl
9 Rambler Peak and Upper Elk River Valley Len Zedel
9 Twilight Hits The Golden Hinde Keith Freeman
7 Mount Albert Edward Panorama ID Key Sandy Briggs
5 Puzzle Mountain area peaks from Trio Mountain Sasha Kubicek
4 Walk the "Cat walk" Steven Harng
4 Ridge Walk on North Tower Steven Harng
4 Mount Colonel Foster: Historical Summit Register Steven Harng
3 Mount Colonel Foster from Landslide Lake Steven Harng
3 Mount Colonel Foster: Northwest Summit Steven Harng
2 Mount Colonel Foster: Northeast and Main Summits Steven Harng