Mount Columbia

Photo of Mount Columbia
Photo uploaded by Mike Fitzpatrick

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

There are 8 trip reports for Mount Columbia.

  • Log #1293 - by Rob Besette on Nov 09, 20033.00 stars
    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, 20033.00 stars
    "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, 20023.00 stars
    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, 20003.00 stars
    Another Fantastic climb!!!!
  • Log #1297 - by Geoff Ruttan on Mar 19, 20003.00 stars
    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, 20003.00 stars
    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...
  • Log #20302 - by Mike Fitzpatrick on July 22, 20063.00 stars
    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 #21057 - by Jennifer Scott on Oct 08, 20073.00 stars
    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...