Mount Waddington, once known as Mystery Mountain, is the highest peak in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Although Mount Fairweather and Mount Quincy Adams, which straddle the US border between Alaska and British Columbia are taller, Mount Waddington is the highest peak that lies entirely within British Columbia. It and the subrange which surround it, known as the Waddington Range, stands at the heart of the Pacific Ranges, a remote and extremely difficult set of mountains and river valleys.
It is not so far north as its extreme Arctic-like conditions might indicate and Mount Waddington and its attendant peaks pose some of the most serious expedition mountaineering to be had in North America — and some of the most extreme relief and spectacular mountain scenery.
From Waddington's 13,186 ft fang to sea level at the heads of Bute and Knight Inlets is only a few miles; across the 10,000-foot-deep (3,000 m) gorges of the Homathko and the Klinaklini Rivers stand mountains almost as high, and icefields even vaster and whiter, only a few aerial miles away, with a maw deeper than the Grand Canyon, comparable in relief to the Himalayas (to which the terrain of British Columbia was compared by colonial-era travellers).
Mount Waddington is the namesake of the Mount Waddington Regional District, which takes in the seaward slope of the Waddington Range and the adjoining coastline and parts of northern Vancouver Island adjacent to Queen Charlotte Strait.
By elevation Mount Waddington is
# 1 out of 2841 in the Canadian Coast Mountains # 21 out of 27097 in Canada # 1 out of 555 in Cariboo Regional District # 1 out of 354 in Regional District of Mount Waddington # 2 out of 8219 in British Columbia # 1 out of 90 in the Waddington Range
By prominence Mount Waddington is
# 1 out of 2841 in the Canadian Coast Mountains # 4 out of 27097 in Canada # 1 out of 555 in Cariboo Regional District # 1 out of 354 in Regional District of Mount Waddington # 2 out of 8219 in British Columbia # 1 out of 90 in the Waddington Range
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