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Foremast Peak

Foremast Peak
Southwest aspect in winter
Highest point
Elevation2,697 m (8,848 ft)[1][2]
Parent peakMainmast Peak
Isolation3.84 km (2.39 mi)[1]
ListingMountains of British Columbia
Coordinates50°58′40″N 117°19′55″W / 50.97778°N 117.33194°W / 50.97778; -117.33194[3]
Foremast Peak is located in British Columbia
Foremast Peak
Foremast Peak
Location of Foremast Peak in British Columbia
Foremast Peak is located in Canada
Foremast Peak
Foremast Peak
Foremast Peak (Canada)
ProvinceBritish Columbia
DistrictKootenay Land District
Parent rangeSelkirk Mountains
Battle Range
Topo mapNTS 82K14 Westfall River[3]
Easiest routeScrambling[4]

Foremast Peak is a 2,697-metre (8,848-foot) mountain summit in British Columbia, Canada.


Foremast Peak is located on Schooner Ridge in the Battle Range of the Selkirk Mountains.[2] The remote peak is set immediately northeast of Schooner Pass, southwest of Mainmast Peak, and approximately 7 km (4.3 mi) south of Glacier National Park. Precipitation runoff from the mountain drains north into Butters Creek and south into Houston Creek which are both tributaries of the Duncan River. Foremast Peak is more notable for its steep rise above local terrain than for its absolute elevation. Topographic relief is significant as the summit rises 1,500 meters (4,921 ft) above Houston Creek in 2.5 km (1.6 mi).


The landform was named by Andrew J. Kauffman II who imagined the peaks on Schooner Ridge as resembling sails on a four-masted ship.[2] The name was submitted in August 1972 by William Lowell Putnam III of the Harvard Mountaineering Club and follows the nautical naming theme for individual peaks on Schooner Ridge.[5] The mountain's toponym was officially adopted on October 3, 1973, by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.[3]


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Foremast Peak is located in a subarctic climate zone with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers.[6] Winter temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Foremast Peak, British Columbia". Retrieved 2023-02-14.
  2. ^ a b c Glen W. Boles, William Lowell Putnam, Roger W. Laurilla (2006), "Canadian Mountain Place Names", Rocky Mountain Books, ISBN 9781894765794, p. 99.
  3. ^ a b c "Foremast Peak". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2023-02-14.
  4. ^ Foremast,, Retrieved 2023-02-14
  5. ^ "Foremast Peak". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2023-02-14.
  6. ^ 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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