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Austerity Mountain

Austerity Mountain
North-northwest aspect
Highest point
Elevation3,337 m (10,948 ft)[1]
Prominence97 m (318 ft)[1]
Parent peakAdamant Mountain (3,345 m)[2]
Isolation0.49 km (0.30 mi)[1]
ListingMountains of British Columbia
Coordinates51°44′04″N 117°54′38″W / 51.73444°N 117.91056°W / 51.73444; -117.91056[3]
Austerity Mountain is located in British Columbia
Austerity Mountain
Austerity Mountain
Location of Austerity Mountain in British Columbia
Austerity Mountain is located in Canada
Austerity Mountain
Austerity Mountain
Austerity Mountain (Canada)
ProvinceBritish Columbia
DistrictKootenay Land District[4]
Parent rangeAdamant Range
Selkirk Mountains
Topo mapNTS 82N12 Mount Sir Sandford[3]
Type of rockGranite[5]
First ascent1911

Austerity Mountain is a 3,337-metre (10,948-foot) mountain in British Columbia, Canada.


Austerity Mountain is the second-highest point of the Adamant Range which is a subrange of the Selkirk Mountains, and it ranks as the fifth-highest peak in the Selkirks.[1] It is located 81 km (50 mi) northwest of Golden and 30 km (19 mi) north of Glacier National Park. Austerity is highly glaciated with the Granite Glacier to the north and Austerity Glacier to the south. Precipitation runoff and glacial meltwater from the mountain's slopes drains into tributaries of the Columbia River.[1] Topographic relief is significant as the summit rises 1,700 metres (5,577 ft) above Austerity Creek in 5 km (3.1 mi) and 2,600 m (8,530 ft) above Kinbasket Lake in 15 km (9.3 mi).

Austerity Mountain to right, with Adamant Mountain centered and The Stickle at far left.


The first ascent of the summit was made on July 20, 1911, by Howard Palmer, Edward Holway, and Frederic King Butters.[6] This first ascent party named the peak "Mount Austerity."[7] Photographs of Austerity appeared in Howard Palmer's 1914 book, "Mountaineering and Explorations in the Selkirks".[4]

The mountain's current toponym was officially adopted on March 31, 1924, by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.[3]


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Austerity Mountain is located in a subarctic climate zone with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers.[8] Winter temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C. This climate supports multiple glaciers surrounding the peak.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Austerity Mountain, British Columbia". Retrieved 2023-09-06.
  2. ^ "Austerity Mountain - 10,925' BC". Retrieved 2023-09-06.
  3. ^ a b c "Austerity Mountain". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2023-09-06.
  4. ^ a b "Austerity Mountain". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2023-09-06.
  5. ^ Bulletin of the American Geographical Society, Volume 44, American Geographical Society, 1912, p. 249.
  6. ^ Howard Palmer, Mountaineering and Explorations in the Selkirks, G. P. Putnam's sons, 1914, p. 265–272.
  7. ^ The Canadian Alpine Journal, Alpine Club of Canada, 1911 p. 139.
  8. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L. & McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11: 1633–1644. ISSN 1027-5606.
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