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Mount Meager  British Columbia   #953
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Meager Group

Height: 2650 m -> 8694 feet
Prominence?: 220 m  
Line Parent?: Plinth Peak (1.6 km away, at bearing 341 degrees)
Greater Parent: Plinth Peak (1.6 km away)

Location:   50.63167,-123.50444     50:37:54, -123:30:16   10U 464324 5608988 (5 km SW of Keyhole Falls). (61 km NW of Pemberton). NTS Mapsheet: 092.J.12   AreaCode: FM03/GF30
First Ascent: 1931 N. Carter; A. Dalgleish; T. Fyles; M. Winram
Mount Meager - East Side in August
Mount Meager is a volcano consisting of at least eight vents. The most recent eruption was about 2400 years ago from a vent on the northeast side of Plinth Peak. The eruption produced a plume of ash, pyroclastic flows, and a short lava flow. A unique form of welded block and ash breccia, derived from collapsing fronts of the lava flow, dammed the Lillooet River. The dam subsequently collapsed, triggered a flood down the Lillooet Valley. In the words of Neil Carter describing the 1931 first ascent: "Fyles and Dalgleish went on to the final, tottering pile of rock which called itself a peak, but seemed hesitant about announcing their victory. They commenced throwing rocks at the blade like crest of the ridge and triumphant shouts finally re-echoed their success in knocking over the unattainable summit. "

Name Notes: Mount Meager, sometimes spelled Meagre, is named after J.B. Meager, who owned timber licenses on Meager Creek (Akrigg). It was formerly known by the more fitting Cathedral Mountain (Ronayne). The hot springs located on Meager Creek are called Teiq' in the language of the Lillooet people and are considered to be an ancient being who was changed into the springs by the Transformers. Mt. Meager is said to be the most promising site for geothermal power development in BC, and the east flank of the mountain is staked out by BC Hydro for test drilling purposes. Plans surface now and then for a "boutique" hotel and ski resort based around the hot springs.

1. Standard Route Very loose rock scrambling. From the Plinth-Meager col, ascend the glacier on Mount Meager's northwest side to gain the west ridge. There are open crevasses in summer and fall. Hike upward along the west ridge, skirting right around a rock wall to reach the sloping, upper south face. Scramble up along the south face to the south summit (loose Class 3). Follow the short, pinnacled connecting ridge to the higher north summit. This section is Class 4, highly exposed, and very loose as is the summit. The final summit ridge is easiest done by traversing a few meters below the ridge crest along the west side. A coating of firm snow would make it much safer. Equipment: Rope, webbing, harness, ice axe, crampons AvgTime: 2 hours from Plinth-Meager col

Trips within 1 km
46 2010.08.06 Mount Meager Landslide Route Fred Touche
50 2007.08.04 Mount Meager - Enabling Reckless Behavior Fred Touche
26 2002.07.06 Perkin's Pillar - Central Crack Route Fred Touche
54 2002.07.05 Perkin's Pillar - First and Last Ascent Fred Touche
71 2000.07.30 Plinth Peak, North Face - the Beautiful Nightmare Drew Brayshaw
21 null Plinth - NE Ridge Route Drew Brayshaw

2018.11.05 Shrinking glacier atop Mount Meager John Halliday
2004.01.01 Proof from old Mtn record field Drew Brayshaw

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
16 Mount Meager - East Side in August Fred Touche
12 Mount Meager Rabbit Ears in August Fred Touche
10 Mount Meager - West Slopes in July Fred Touche
8 Meager Landslide Terminus Fred Touche
8 Mount Meager - West Ridge Fred Touche
8 Mount Meager - Southwest Side Fred Touche
7 Mount Meager and Perkins Pillar Frank W. Baumann
7 Mount Meager - North Face with Sunset Phil Hammer
6 1967 Meager Mountain from helicopter Cliff Jennings
6 Mount Meager Panorama Klaus Haring

Placename Photos
13 Meager and Perkin's Pillar from the Northwest Terry Halverson
9 Mount Meager, Plinth Peak, and Mount Job from the summit of Salal Peak Lucas Earl
9 Affliction Glacier Fred Touche
9 Capricorn Mountain and Mount Meager Fred Touche
8 Perkin's Pillar - Northeast Side Fred Touche
7 Where is Athelstan? Klaus Haring
7 Plinth Peak - North face in October Andrew Wong
6 BCMC group skiing on the ridge above Capricorn Creek Stefan Reinker
4 Meager Obelisk - West Face Paul Adam
4 Capricorn Mountain From the West Fred Touche
4 Meager Group Labelled Panorama from Athelstan Drew Brayshaw