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British Columbia Peaks with over 1500 meters of Prominence

Showing Fred Beckey's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (3 out of 103, or 2.91%)

RankPeak Prom-M
Range (Level 3)Isol-KmAscent Date
1.Mount Waddington32994019Coast Mountains562.41942 p
2.Mount Robson28393959Canadian Rockies459.51965 e
3.Ulysses Mountain23043024Far Northern Rockies435.9 
4.Mount Ratz24303090Coast Mountains311.31964 l
5.Howson Peak18292759Coast Mountains254.3 
6.Mount Fairweather39714671Saint Elias Mountains200.3 
7.Mount Columbia23813741Canadian Rockies158.0 
8.Skihist Mountain24682968Coast Mountains157.1 
9.Mount Crysdale15542429Far Northern Rockies147.3 
10.Mount Assiniboine20823616Canadian Rockies141.8 
11.Devils Paw17132593Coast Mountains136.3 
12.Golden Hinde21972197Northwest Coast Islands134.3 
13.Mount Jancowski20892729Coast Mountains124.0 
14.Shedin Peak17982588British Columbia Interior118.2 
15.Thudaka Mountain17392748British Columbia Interior103.4 
16.Sharktooth Mountain16532668British Columbia Interior98.4 
17.Mount Sir Alexander17623275Canadian Rockies87.8 
18.Dunn Peak15312636Columbia Mountains87.1 
19.Tsaydaychuz Peak18262758Coast Mountains82.8 
20.Mount Sylvia15592940Far Northern Rockies73.8 
21.Mount Farnham21333493Columbia Mountains72.7 
22.Monarch Mountain29353555Coast Mountains71.4 
23.Whitecap Mountain15332918Coast Mountains71.4 
24.Seven Sisters Peaks18622747Coast Mountains68.8 
25.Mount Odin24092971Columbia Mountains65.4 
26.Mount Goodsir19273567Canadian Rockies64.1 
27.Wedge Mountain22492892Coast Mountains63.9 
28.Mount Dawson20453377Columbia Mountains63.4 
29.Mount Sir Sandford27033519Columbia Mountains62.0 
30.Mount Edziza17632793Coast Mountains61.8 
31.Kootenay Mountain18012456Columbia Mountains60.0 
32.Mount Tod15232155British Columbia Interior57.9 
33.Chatsquot Mountain19812365Coast Mountains57.7 
34.Scud Peak21722987Coast Mountains57.4 
35.Atna Peak18282724Coast Mountains56.8 
36.Pukeashun Mountain16962301Columbia Mountains56.4 
37.Buckwell Peak19812721Saint Elias Mountains56.3 
38.Whiting Peak16692524Coast Mountains53.9 
39.Gladsheim Peak20562830Columbia Mountains53.4 
40.Mount Harrison17803360Canadian Rockies52.1 
41.Hubris Peak16402445Coast Mountains51.9 
42.Mount Monashee24143274Columbia Mountains51.8 
43.Mount Sir Wilfrid Laurier27283516Columbia Mountains51.7 
44.Hudson Bay Mountain16092589Coast Mountains51.0 
45.Mount Priestley19452366Coast Mountains50.4 
46.Mount Valpy20142219Coast Mountains49.4 
47.Mount Joffre15053433Canadian Rockies49.2 
48.Vile Peak15512189British Columbia Interior46.5 
49.Mount Queen Bess23553298Coast Mountains45.5 
50.Mount Thomlinson16612451British Columbia Interior44.0 
51.Chutine Peak17582903Coast Mountains42.6 
52.Mount Cooper23193094Columbia Mountains42.5 
53.Sittakanay Peak17102415Coast Mountains38.9 
54.Kwatna Peak22352300Coast Mountains36.8 
55.Razorback Mountain21533183Coast Mountains36.5 
56.Mount Clemenceau15043664Canadian Rockies35.9 
57.Mount Judge Howay16272262Coast Mountains35.7 
58.Oscar Peak20992336Coast Mountains35.5 
59.Kaza Mountain15732543Columbia Mountains35.5 
60.Victoria Peak18452159Northwest Coast Islands35.4 
61.Mount Van der Est15021801Coast Mountains35.4 
62.Gataga Peak15152533Far Northern Rockies35.3 
63.Cond Peak17202801Columbia Mountains35.3 
64.Rugged Mountain15711861Northwest Coast Islands35.0 
65.Mount Tatlow16133063Coast Mountains34.4 
66.Hkusam Mountain15081645Northwest Coast Islands34.2 
67.Faisal Peak16692239Coast Mountains34.0 
68.Mount Cronin15712396British Columbia Interior33.3 
69.Kispiox Mountain15612096British Columbia Interior33.1 
70.Brian Boru Peak18322507Coast Mountains32.8 
71.The Pinnacles16672573Columbia Mountains31.8 
72.Mount Monmouth16023182Coast Mountains31.5 
73.Morton Peak16952250Columbia Mountains30.5 
74.Mount Saugstad18502908Coast Mountains29.9 
75.Mount Monkley15291967Coast Mountains29.3 
76.Corsan Peak16091934Coast Mountains28.4 
77.Mount Lester Jones16582408Coast Mountains27.7 
78.Thunder Mountain16942664Coast Mountains27.6 
79.Mount Wotzke15562597British Columbia Interior26.1 
80.Ambition Mountain15232953Coast Mountains25.7 
81.Otter Mountain22422692Coast Mountains25.4 
82.Mount Perseus16832553British Columbia Interior24.9 
83.Upper Saddle Mountain16452330Columbia Mountains23.6 
84.Basement Peak16062706Saint Elias Mountains23.6 
85.Mount Pattullo16172727Coast Mountains23.1 
86.King Island High Point16791679Northwest Coast Islands22.9 
87.Sharks Teeth Peaks19142304Coast Mountains21.9 
88.Detour Peak19062550Saint Elias Mountains21.2 
89.Goat Mountain15802855Coast Mountains20.4 
90.The Horn15272907Coast Mountains20.3 
91.Silvertip Mountain18762596Cascade Range19.5 
92.Overseer Mountain16792749Coast Mountains19.4 
93.Talchako Mountain16763037Coast Mountains19.2 
94.Mount Ovington16002949Far Northern Rockies18.8 
95.Jeanette Peak16573089Canadian Rockies17.5 
96.Robertson Peak15022252Coast Mountains16.3 
97.Kitlope Peak15151960Coast Mountains16.0 
98.Mount Ida15303200Canadian Rockies14.1 
99.Unuk Peak17252595Coast Mountains13.8 
100.Mount Addenbroke15911591Northwest Coast Islands13.1 
101.Estero Peak15891664Coast Mountains12.6 
102.Birkenhead Peak17812506Coast Mountains10.1 
103.Whitehorn Mountain17473399Canadian Rockies7.9 

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List Description

There are approximately 270 "Ultras" (peaks with 1500 meters of prominence) in the United States and Canada. Well over a third of them (101) are in British Columbia, giving that province the undisputed title of most mountainous region of North America. Indeed, B.C. has almost twice as many Ultras as the entire contigious United States (101 vs. 57).

The rugged mountain terrain in British Columbia is an absolute embarassment of riches. The sprawling Coast Range has by far the most peaks on this list, but the roster of other ranges represented include a big chunk of the Canadian Rockies, the northernmost Cascade Range, the southern section of the greater Saint Elias Range, peaks of Vancouver Island, and the huge but often ignored Columbia Mountains and its Selkirk, Monashee, Purcell, and Cariboo sub-ranges.

Climbers in Washington state are justifiably proud of the North Casades and its repuation as the most rugged and precipitous range in the US outside Alaska. But compared to the stuff north of the 49th parallel, they are just foothills of little note.

This list is a very strong contender for hardest to complete of any list shown on this web site. The sheer number of peaks and the climbing challenges posed by the vast majority of them conspire to create a virtually impossible objective. It is very likely that several summits have not yet been climbed, and the remoteness of many of the Coast Range peaks presents huge access issues.


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