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Typee Mountain

Typee Mountain
East aspect in winter
Highest point
Elevation2,897 m (9,505 ft)[1][2]
Prominence143 m (469 ft)[3]
Parent peakMount Proteus (3,198 m)[3]
Isolation2.13 km (1.32 mi)[2]
ListingMountains of British Columbia
Coordinates50°57′29″N 117°22′40″W / 50.95806°N 117.37778°W / 50.95806; -117.37778[4]
Typee Mountain is located in British Columbia
Typee Mountain
Typee Mountain
Location of Typee Mountain in British Columbia
Typee Mountain is located in Canada
Typee Mountain
Typee Mountain
Typee Mountain (Canada)
ProvinceBritish Columbia
DistrictKootenay Land District
Parent rangeSelkirk Mountains
Battle Range
Topo mapNTS 82K14 Westfall River[4]

Typee Mountain is a 2,897-metre (9,505-foot) summit in British Columbia, Canada.


Typee Mountain is located in the Battle Range of the Selkirk Mountains.[5] The remote peak is set approximately 10 km (6.2 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. Typee Mountain is more notable for its steep rise above local terrain than for its absolute elevation. Topographic relief is significant as the summit rises 1,500 meters (4,921 ft) above Houston Creek in 2.75 km (1.71 mi).


Typee Mountain and Pequod Mountain

The landform is named after Typee, which was Herman Melville's first novel published in 1846.[5] In the novel, "Typee" refers to the valley of Taipivai, once known as Taipi.[6] The name was submitted by author/mountaineer Robert Kruszyna in 1972 and follows the Herman Melville-associated naming theme of the area established in 1958–59 by the Sam Silverstein-Douglas Anger climbing party.[5] The mountain's toponym was officially adopted on October 3, 1973, by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.[4]


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Typee Mountain is located in a subarctic climate zone with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers.[7] Winter temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C. This climate supports the Pequod Glacier on the north slope of the peak.

See also


  1. ^ Glen W. Boles, William Lowell Putnam, Roger W. Laurilla (2006), "Canadian Mountain Place Names", Rocky Mountain Books, ISBN 9781894765794, p. 257.
  2. ^ a b "Typee Mountain, British Columbia". Retrieved 2023-02-14.
  3. ^ a b "Typee Mountain,". Retrieved 2023-02-14.
  4. ^ a b c "Typee Mountain". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2023-02-14.
  5. ^ a b c "Typee Mountain". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2023-02-14.
  6. ^ Christian, F.W., Nuku and Uia-Ei, 1895, "Notes on the Marquesans," Journal of the Polynesian Society 4(3):187-202. Page 200
  7. ^ 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
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Typee Mountain
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