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Scylla Mountain

Scylla Mountain
North aspect, the highest point centered
Highest point
Elevation2,920 m (9,580 ft)[1]
Prominence549 m (1,801 ft)[2]
Parent peakMount Proteus (3,198 m)[2]
Isolation5.47 km (3.40 mi)[2]
ListingMountains of British Columbia
Coordinates50°54′05″N 117°24′28″W / 50.90139°N 117.40778°W / 50.90139; -117.40778[3]
Scylla Mountain is located in British Columbia
Scylla Mountain
Scylla Mountain
Location in British Columbia
Scylla Mountain is located in Canada
Scylla Mountain
Scylla Mountain
Scylla Mountain (Canada)
ProvinceBritish Columbia
DistrictKootenay Land District[4]
Parent rangeSelkirk Mountains
Battle Range
Topo mapNTS 82K14 Westfall River[3]
First ascentAugust 1959

Scylla Mountain is a 2,920-metre (9,580-foot) summit in British Columbia, Canada.


Scylla Mountain is located in the Battle Range of the Selkirk Mountains.[1] The remote peak is set approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) west-northwest of Wrong Peak and 7 km (4.3 mi) south of Moby Dick Mountain. Precipitation runoff from the mountain drains north to Houston Creek and south into headwaters of the Westfall River, which are both tributaries of the Duncan River. Scylla Mountain is more notable for its steep rise above local terrain than for its absolute elevation. Topographic relief is significant as the summit rises 1,400 meters (4,593 ft) above the Westfall River in 3 km (1.9 mi).


The peak was named in 1947 by Andrew J. Kauffman II and Norman Brewster, whereas the first ascent of the summit was made in August 1959 by a Dartmouth Mountaineering Club party.[5] The mountain's toponym was officially adopted on June 9, 1960, by the Geographical Names Board of Canada,[4] however, the location was officially corrected on October 3, 1973.[3] This mountain's name refers to Scylla, a metamorphic monster in Greek mythology who lives on one side of a narrow channel of water, opposite her counterpart Charybdis. The two sides of the Strait of Messina are so close that sailors attempting to avoid Charybdis would pass dangerously close to Scylla and vice versa. Scylla Mountain is situated 6 km (3.7 mi) northeast of Charybdis Mountain. Scylla is pronounced: /ˈsɪlə/ SIL.[4]


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Scylla Mountain 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. This climate supports the Scylla Glacier on the west slope of the peak and a small unnamed icefield on the north slope.

See also


  1. ^ a b Glen W. Boles, William Lowell Putnam, Roger W. Laurilla (2006), "Canadian Mountain Place Names", Rocky Mountain Books, ISBN 9781894765794, p. 223.
  2. ^ a b c "Scylla Mountain,". Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  3. ^ a b c "Scylla Mountain". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  4. ^ a b c "Scylla Mountain". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  5. ^ Samuel Silverstein (1960), Battle Range, Southern Selkirks,
  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.
Battle Range, from summit of Typee Mountain. Scylla Mountain is centered.
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