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Mount Fox (Selkirk Mountains)

Mount Fox
Mt. Fox, east aspect
Highest point
Elevation3,196 m (10,486 ft)[1]
Prominence411 m (1,348 ft)[2]
Parent peakMount Dawson
ListingMountains of British Columbia
Coordinates51°10′08″N 117°25′17″W / 51.16889°N 117.42139°W / 51.16889; -117.42139[3]
Mount Fox is located in British Columbia
Mount Fox
Mount Fox
Location in British Columbia
Mount Fox is located in Canada
Mount Fox
Mount Fox
Mount Fox (Canada)
ProvinceBritish Columbia
DistrictKootenay Land District
Protected areaGlacier National Park
Parent rangeSelkirk Mountains
Topo mapNTS 82N3 Mount Wheeler
First ascent1890 by Harold W. Topham, Harry Sinclair, Samuel Yves[2]

Mount Fox in the Selkirk Mountains of Canada was named, by William Green, in honour of Harry Fox who perished with William Donkin and two Swiss guides, in the Caucasus Mountains. Mount Donkin is nearby.[1]

Henry "Harry" Fox
Among The Selkirk Glaciers

Harry Fox (30 September 1856 – on or after 30 August 1888) was an English gentleman (also lived at Tone Dale House, Wellington, Somerset, England) who was a sportsman and adventurer. He played cricket and rugby for his country, and began climbing mountains in the mid-1880s.[4]

In 1884 he started mountaineering, and within two years he was well known in the mountain climbing community, and a well-regarded alpine explorer. In 1888, he travelled with William Frederick Donkin to the Caucasus Mountains in the Russian Empire in a bid to be the first people to climb Koshtan-Tau, but the pair, along with their Swiss guides, died in an accident.[5]

For the purposes of his will, Fox's death was recorded as being "on or since the 30th August, 1888, at some place unknown."


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Mount Fox 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. Precipitation runoff from the mountain drains west into the Incomappleux River, or east into the Beaver River.

See also


  1. ^ a b Green, William Spotswood (1890). "Among the Selkirk Glaciers". MacMillan and Co. pp. 102–103. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Mount Fox". Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Mount Fox". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  4. ^ Dorothy, Lomas. The Foxes of Wellington. Amazon: Carly Press. p. 41.
  5. ^ King, Charles (2008). The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 128–33. ISBN 978-0-19-517775-6.
  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.
Mt. Fox (upper left), Mount Dawson (in back), Dawson Glacier, & Mt. Donkin to right
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