Cirque Peak (British Columbia) facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCirque Peak
Cirque Peak, western aspect
|Elevation||2,531 m (8,304 ft)|
|Prominence||476 m (1,562 ft)|
|Parent peak||Mount Oleg (2587 m)|
|Listing||Mountains of British Columbia|
|Location||British Columbia, Canada|
|Parent range||Cayoosh Range
|Topo map||NTS 92J7|
Cirque Peak is a 2,531-metre (8,304-foot) mountain summit located in the Cayoosh Range of the Lillooet Ranges, in southwestern British Columbia, Canada. It is situated 19 km (12 mi) northeast of Pemberton, 4.4 km (3 mi) west-northwest of Cayoosh Mountain, 3.2 km (2 mi) east-southeast of Mount Gardiner, and immediately east of the Place Glacier. The mountain's cirque name, which describes the shape of the peak, was submitted by mountaineer Karl Ricker of the Alpine Club of Canada. The name was officially adopted on January 23, 1979, by the Geographical Names Board of Canada. Precipitation runoff from the peak drains into tributaries of the Fraser River.
Based on the Köppen climate classification, Cirque Peak is located in a subarctic climate zone of western North America. Most weather fronts originate in the Pacific Ocean, and travel east toward the Coast Mountains where they are forced upward by the range (Orographic lift), causing them to drop their moisture in the form of rain or snowfall. As a result, the Coast Mountains experience high precipitation, especially during the winter months in the form of snowfall. Temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C. The months July through September offer the most favorable weather for climbing Cirque Peak.
Established climbing routes on Cirque Peak:
- East Face Gully
- North Ridge via Place Glacier - class 3
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