Mount Columbia

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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.

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

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 8 trip reports for Mount Columbia.

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  • Log #21057 - by Jennifer Scott on Oct 08, 2007
    A beautiful spring ski-ascent up the icefields was typical and weather was clear and cold. Ascent was easy ski and climb with beautiful views from the summit. Descent was clean until white-out...
  • Log #20302 - by Mike Fitzpatrick on July 22, 2006
    As a neophyte climber, I can only say that it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. With a weekend of training on a glacier, an aborted attempt of Athabasca, and a distinguished running...
  • Log #1293 - by Rob Besette on Nov 09, 2003
    The view is awesome. We had a crystal clear day. The weather on our descent was another story. Had a great time when all was said and done.
  • Log #1294 - by David Jennings on May 08, 2003
    "I made it to over 3,000m when a 4 day blizzard forced a stop. I waited but ran out of supplies. I ended up walking off the ice field still being hammered by snow. This was a solo trip.
  • Log #1295 - by David Jennnings on Mar 27, 2002
    I would like to say I made it to the summit, unfortunately I only made it to the trench. Solo! Got bogged down by a 4 day blizzard. Great travers across the field. One day I will try again.
  • Log #1296 - by Andy Crocker on June 15, 2000
    Another Fantastic climb!!!!
  • Log #1297 - by Geoff Ruttan on Mar 19, 2000
    Mt Columbia is a great peak. The views are amazing. It's big country up there, be sure of the weather conditions and bring a few wands, they're your friends up there. From the trench it's a quick ski...
  • Log #1298 - by Alan Kane on Jan 21, 2000
    This ascent is a classic ski mountaineering trip, best done in April or May. In summer, it would be a heck of a long glacier walk. 3 days are necessary, and good weather too. Need advanced glacier...