Mount Columbia

Photo of Mount Columbia

Photo by Alan Kane

Details

Elevation (feet): 12,294
Elevation (meters): 3,747
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: Canadian Rockies
Province: Alberta/British Columbia
Latitude: 52.14879
Longitude: -117.436209
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1902
First successful climber(s): James Outram, C. Kaufmann
Nearest major airport: Edmonton or Calgary, Alberta
Convenient Center: Jasper, Alberta

Description

Mount Columbia is the second highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, and the highest whose summit is located entirely within Alberta. It is a majestic snow and glacier-clad peak, towering over 6,000 feet from its northern base. It rises at the northwest corner of the 100-square mile Columbia Icefield. The Icefield is unique in that it forms a tri-oceanic divide, providing melt-off that will ultimately end up in the Arctic, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans.