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Locomotive Mountain
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Locomotive Mountain, northeast aspect
Highest point
Elevation 2,340 m (7,680 ft)
Prominence 130 m (430 ft)
Parent peak Face Mountain (2485 m)
Geography
Location British Columbia, Canada
Parent range Thiassi Range
Coast Mountains
Topo map NTS 92J/11
Climbing
First ascent 1972 by Fred Thiessen, Eric White, Peter Jordan
Easiest route Scrambling via South Ridge

Locomotive Mountain is a 2,340-metre (7,680-foot) mountain summit located in the Railroad Group of the Coast Mountains, in the Pemberton Valley of southwestern British Columbia, Canada. It is situated 35 km (22 mi) northwest of Pemberton, and 2.1 km (1 mi) south of Face Mountain, which is its nearest higher mountain. Precipitation runoff from the peak drains into tributaries of the Fraser River. The mountain's name was proposed in 1978 by mountaineer Karl Ricker of the Alpine Club of Canada, in association with Railroad Pass, Railroad Creek, and other railroad-related names of the immediate vicinity. It was officially adopted January 23, 1979, by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.

Climate

Based on the Köppen climate classification, Locomotive Mountain 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 mountain and its climate supports Train Glacier on its northern slopes. The months July through September offer the most favorable weather for climbing Locomotive Mountain.

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