One of the biggest mountain ranges in the world, the Coast Range extends from Vancouver northward, 1,800 kilometers, to the Yukon near Skagway. A big fault up the Haines Cutoff separates the granite of the Coast Range from the yuckrock of the Saint Elias Mountians.
A vast wilderness of fjords, rain forests, and icy peaks was how past writers described the Coast Mountains. Today, thanks to unrestrained logging, we can just say: "A vast wilderness of icy peaks." Actually, one area has been left almost as wild as when it was first climbed, the Canadian side of the Devils Thumb. But the coastal forests have seen a lot of action from Vancouver north to Bella Coola.
The best current coverage for Coast Range exploration is the Canadian Alpine Journal. Some good explorer names to look up; Don & Phyllis Munday, Dick & Alice Culbert, Don Serl, and the late John Clarke.
Climbers in search of new routes will be interested in what John Scurlock's folder of coast range peaks can reveal.
INTRODUCTIONThe standard route, if there is one. Allen Steck, of the famous Steck-Salathe on Yosemite's Sentinel Rock, was part of a big Sierra Club expedition. They float-planned to a lake fifteen kilometers away from where Mike King lands today. The first ascent camped at 12,200 feet, left camp at 3:30am, and summited by 1:30pm.Esther Kafer was the first woman to climb Waddington's main summit tower. (CAJ, about 1963) Allen Steck returned with Dick Culbert, Bob Cuthbert, Barry Hag...[more]Browse More Classics in International