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Stanley Peak (Ball Range)

Stanley Peak
Stanley Peak from Mt. Whymper, 2004
Highest point
Elevation3,155 m (10,351 ft)
Prominence248 m (814 ft)
ListingMountains of British Columbia
Coordinates51°10′14″N 116°03′15″W / 51.17056°N 116.05417°W / 51.17056; -116.05417[1]
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Protected areaKootenay National Park
Parent rangeBall Range
Canadian Rockies
Topo mapNTS 82N1 Mount Goodsir
First ascent1901 by Edward Whymper and guides
Easiest routeDifficult scramble;[2] UIAA III
The valley below Stanley Peak and its glacier, taken from the Stanley Glacier Trail

Stanley Peak is a 3,155-metre (10,351 ft) mountain located in the Ball Range, at the northeastern section of Kootenay National Park, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains (British Columbia, Canada).[3][4] The mountain was named in 1901 by its first climber, the English explorer Edward Whymper, after Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, the sixth Governor-General of Canada.[3][4] There are sources that date the naming in 1912 after Stanley H. Mitchell, Secretary-Treasurer of Alpine Club of Canada.[1]

The peak is visible from the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 93. Stanley Glacier on the northeast face of the peak can be seen up close by following a hiking trail into a hanging valley between the peak and a southern outlier of Storm Mountain.[5]

Stanley Peak can be ascended from a scrambling route by late summer but involves much routefinding among the many ledges and gullies on the north face.[2] Climbing routes (UIAA III) travel the north and northeast faces.

Other BC peaks

There are another two peaks in British Columbia called Stanley Peak. One is 2,935 m high, located at the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (50°49′48″N 123°43′18″W / 50.83000°N 123.72167°W / 50.83000; -123.72167), 24 km north-west from Keyhole Falls and 62 km west from Gold Bridge.[6] The other is 2,030 m high, in the Stikine Region (59°56′52″N 136°35′35″W / 59.94778°N 136.59306°W / 59.94778; -136.59306) (90 km north-west from Skagway, Alaska United States).[7]


Stanley Peak is composed of sedimentary rock laid down from the Precambrian to Jurassic periods that was pushed east and over the top of younger rock during the Laramide orogeny.[8]


Based on the Köppen climate classification, the mountain is located in a subarctic climate with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers.[9] Temperatures can drop below -20 °C with wind chill factors below -30 °C.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Stanley Peak". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b Kane, Alan (2016). "Stanley Peak". Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies (3rd ed.). Calgary: Rocky Mountain Books. Kindle Edition. ISBN 978-1-77160-098-9.
  3. ^ a b "Stanley Peak - British Columbia #1538". Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Stanley Peak". Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  5. ^ Patton, Brian; Robinson, Bart (1986). The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide (Third ed.). pp. 280–281. ISBN 0-919934-14-5.
  6. ^ "Stanley Peak - British Columbia #1801". Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Stanley Peak - British Columbia #27133". Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  8. ^ Gadd, Ben (2008), Geology of the Rocky Mountains and Columbias
  9. ^ 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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