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Mount Nelson  British Columbia   #2603
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Purcell Mountains / Farnham Group

Height: 3313 m -> 10869 feet
Prominence?: 523 m  
Line Parent?: Mount Delphine (7.2 km away, at bearing 274 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Farnham (10.0 km away)

Location:   50.46000,-116.35139     50:27:36, -116:21:05   11U 546039 5589979 (22 km W of Wilmer). NTS Mapsheet: 082.K.08   AreaCode: FL06/ED65
First Ascent: 1910 C. D. Ellis
Mount Nelson
This peak is #90 on the Height List for British Columbia .This peak is labelled on the 1:50K map, but on BC Basemap, you can find it from the spot height. The eastern most (and consequently driest) peak of the large collection of peaks in the Farnham group. It is a very prominent peak when viewed from the Rocky Mountain trench around Invermere. Its standard route (south west ridge) is a long day. As mentioned in the "Climber's Guide to the Interior Ranges of BC South" on page 135, the western most of the V shaped gullies on the summit crown offer good scrambling on excellent rock. It is possible to easily walk off the summit down the eastern most gully.

There is a large aluminum cross on the summit which was placed by the Kloos (sp) family in 1984.

Name Notes: Named in 1807 by David Thompson after Lord Nelson (Horatio Nelson; 1758-1805) to commemorate the Naval victory at Trafalgar. The story goes that he first heard about the naval victory at Trafalgar 3 years after it happened. Upon hearing of Nelson's victory, he named this distinctive peak after the great naval hero. An early map by Aaron Arrowsmith referred to the Purcell Mountains as Nelson's Mountains.

1. South Ridge (1910 Sept) C. D. Ellis. From the Paradise Mine at the head of Springs Creek he gained the crest of the ridge which extends ENE from Nelson. He then contoured along the south slopes of the ridge well above Clearwater Creek to gain a small lake at the head of the valley. Directly S of the lake he then ascended to the low saddle in the S ridge, then followed N along the easy ridge to the summit block, then gained the summit up an easy gully. (CAJ 3-14).
2. Southwest Ridge (1911 July) Mr. & Mrs. G. D. Emerson and E. W. Harnden.. It may be considered the normal route and is best approached from a camp around the head of Nelson Creek. They gained the Nelson-Sultana col and went along the crest of the SW ridge to the base of the summit block. From there they followed one of the V-shaped gullies to the summit. (CAJ 4-102, App 12-350)
3. Southwest Face (1913 Aug) D. Broadbent, A. H. & E. L. MacCarthy.. It is more or less a variant of the original ascent and the SW ridge route. They gained the SW cirque using Nelson Creek, then climbed the central rib of the SW face to the S ridge. From there they gained the summit as in the original ascent by C. D. Ellis.
4. East Ridge (1975 July) H. Gyr and P. Zvengrowski . The ascent started from the Paradise Mine. They gained Mount Trafalgary and then traversed the S slopes of Trafalgar to the Nelson-Trafalgar col. From there they ascended up to the ridge to the summit.

Trips within 1 km
30 2001.08.19 Mt. Nelson Via Trail from South Steve Tober


Paper Maps
1:100000Kootenay National Park Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta & Southeast British Columbia Gem Trek

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9 Mount Nelson Kevin Altheim

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2 Mount Nelson from Paradise Ridge Kevin Altheim