Mount Vancouver

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This article is about the Canadian mountain. For the New Zealand mountain, see Mount Vancouver (New Zealand).
Mount Vancouver
Mount Vancouver is located in Alaska
Mount Vancouver
Mount Vancouver
Location in Alaska, United States (on the border with Yukon, Canada)
Elevation 4,812 m (15,787 ft)[1]
Prominence 2,692 m (8,832 ft)[1]
Listing List of Ultras in Canada
List of Ultras in the United States
Location Yukon, Canada / Yakutat City and Borough, Alaska, United States
Range Saint Elias Mountains
Coordinates 60°21′32″N 139°41′53″W / 60.358918°N 139.698032°W / 60.358918; -139.698032Coordinates: 60°21′32″N 139°41′53″W / 60.358918°N 139.698032°W / 60.358918; -139.698032[2]
Topo map NTS 115B/05
USGS Mount Saint Elias B-5
First ascent July 5, 1949[2]
Easiest route Major Expedition

Mount Vancouver is the eighth highest mountain in Canada and is located in Kluane National Park and Reserve on the Canada–United States border. Mount Vancouver has three summits: north, middle and south with middle being the lowest. The south summit borders Canada and the United States and is known as Good Neighbor Peak. While conventional wisdom indicates that the north summit is the highest, discrepancies in topographic maps of the area muddle the question. Older Canadian maps indicate that north is the highest but newer US maps based on GPS, show the south summit higher. However, the US maps do not show the north summit.[3]

The mountain was named by William Healey Dall in 1874 after George Vancouver, who explored the southeast coast of Alaska from 1792 to 1794.[2]

Notable Ascents[edit]

  • 1949 North Buttress (northwest ridge): FA of mountain by William Hainsworth, Alan Bruce-Robertson, Bob McCarter, Noel Odell; with Walter Wood in support.[4]
  • 1975 Northeast Ridge (to north peak), FA by Cliff Cantor, Bob Dangel, Paul Ledoux, Rob Milne, Hal Murray, Bob Walker, John Yates and Barton DeWolf.[5]
  • 1977 West Face, FA by John Lauchlan, John Calvert, Trevor Jones and Mike Sawyer.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mount Vancouver, Yukon Territory". Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  2. ^ a b c "Mount Vancouver". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Mount Vancouver". Retrieved 2004-07-09. 
  4. ^ Scott p. 139
  5. ^ DeWolf, Barton (1976). "Mount Vancouver, Northeast Ridge". American Alpine Journal (New York, NY, USA: American Alpine Club) 20 (50): 462–463. ISBN 978-0-930410-73-5. 
  6. ^ Scott p. 318

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