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Mount Delphine  British Columbia   #2596
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Purcell Mountains / Farnham Group

Height: 3406 m -> 11175 feet
Prominence?: 521 m above Peter Pass
Line Parent?: Mount Farnham (3.6 km away, at bearing 319 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Farnham (4.0 km away)

Location:   50.46444,-116.45306     50:27:52, -116:27:11   11U 538819 5590415 (29 km W of Wilmer). NTS Mapsheet: 082.K.08   AreaCode: FL06/EE65
First Ascent: 1914 A. A. McCoubrey, E. Feuz Jr.
Mount Delphine
This peak is #49 on the Height List for British Columbia .The Delphine Glacier has been used by the National Cross Country Ski Team in the past, and along with the glacier on the upper southeast face, was also the site of some of the filming of the movie Alive.

Name Notes: Named in 1911 by Edward Warren Harnden after George Starke's wife, who was born as Delphine Francour. Before that Starke prospected and was the original owner of a mine on the lower slopes of the mountain called Delphine, and Harnden applied the name from the mine. Control of the mine was later transferred to Rufus Kimpton who was known as the "Grubstaker of Golden". After selling the mine Starke built the Delphine Hotel in Wilmer which to this day is a well maintained bed and breakfast called the Delphine Lodge. Delpine Francour died in 1921.


1. Northwest Ridge / Slopes (1914) A. A. McCoubrey, E. Feuz Jr.. From MacDonald Creek they ascended through a headwall to the left of the the waterfall to reach the N basin. The ascent then went W into the glacial cirque between Mount Farnham and Mount Peter and gained Peter Pass. From there they descended S a bit then climbed snow slopes on the W aspect of the NW ridge, which is then followed to the top.
2. East Ridge (1944 Sept) D. P & I. A Richards.. Follow the NW ridge route into the N basin. From there ascend steep snow below the E ridge to a saddle on the main E ridge From there the generally flat E ridge is followed and there are some rock steps along the way. Two towers are passed on the S to gain the final corniced ridge and the summit. (CAJ 29-6).
3. South Ridge (1915 Aug) H. O. Frind, A. H. & E. L. MacCarthy, W. E. Stone, and Conrad Kain.. From Farnham Creek they bushwacked into the great basin W of Delphine and gained a prominent buttress which extends W at right angles to the main S ridge. They gained the crest of the buttress and followed it to the top of the ridge connecting Delphine and Spearhead. The S ridge was then followed to the summit. (CAJ 7-27; App 14-34) Not happy with reaching Delphine, the party ultimately traversed S over Spearhead and tne onto McCoubrey.

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6 Mount Delphine Kevin Altheim
4 The North Face of Delphine Kevin Altheim

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