Mount Farnham

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Located in the Farnham Group of the Main Uplift of the Purcell Mountains northwest of Delphine Mountain and southeast of Mount Atlung between Farnham and McDonald Creeks. It is the highest peak in the Purcell Range. The east side is approached from McDonald Creek using the McDonald Creek road which is washed out but passable by truck/4wd, and the west side from Farnham Creek in which a new road is present. Bikes can access both of course.

It has a huge east face but typically the rock is very loose and the real prize is the Farnham Tower, a 200m+ tower that stands on its own at the end of the N ridge.

This was the most significant first ascent in the area during the period and it was done by the legendary Conrad Kain and the MacCarthy's in 1914 using the North East/North West Ridge. The other routes on the mountain are the West Face which is considered the "normal" route, and the South Ridge which was done in 1954.

The first ascent of Farnham Tower was also done by Conrad Kain and the MacCarthy's in 1914 using the East Ridge/South Face. The East Face was climbed in 1954 using the obvious chimney system.

It was named in 1911 after Paulding Farnham who was a prominent member of the local mining fraternity. Over a period of 20 years from 1900 he made countless mining deals, some with Starbird and Stark(e). Nearby Paulding Creek is also named in his honor.

Elevation (feet): 11,460
Elevation (meters): 3,493
Continent: North America
Country: Canada
Range/Region: British Columbia Interior
Province: British Columbia
Latitude: 50.4883
Longitude: -116.487
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug
First successful climber(s): 1914 A. H. & E. L. MacCarthy, Conrad Kain
Nearest major airport: Cranbrook Airport
Convenient Center: Cranbrook or Golden

Thanks to Kevin Altheim for adding this peak.

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