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Mount Fitzsimmons
Mount Fitzsimmons.jpg
Mount Fitzsimmons and Fitzsimmons Glacier as seen from Overlord Mountain
Highest point
Elevation 2,603 m (8,540 ft)
Prominence 133 m (436 ft)
Parent peak Overlord Mountain (2625 m)
Geography
Location Garibaldi Provincial Park
British Columbia, Canada
Parent range Fitzsimmons Range
Garibaldi Ranges
Coast Ranges
Topo map NTS 92J2
Climbing
First ascent 1924 by BCMC party
Easiest route class 2-3 via Diavolo Glacier

Mount Fitzsimmons is a 2,603-metre (8,540-foot) glacier-clad peak located in the Garibaldi Ranges of the Coast Mountains, in Garibaldi Provincial Park of southwestern British Columbia, Canada. It is the third-highest point of the Fitzsimmons Range, which is a subset of the Garibaldi Ranges. It is situated 15 km (9 mi) southeast of Whistler, and its nearest higher peak is Mount Benvolio, 0.5 km (0 mi) to the west-southwest. The Diavolo Glacier spreads out below the southeast aspect of the summit, and the Fitzsimmons Glacier descends the northwest slopes. Precipitation runoff from the peak and meltwater from its glaciers drains into tributaries of the Cheakamus River. The first ascent of the mountain was made on August 19, 1924, by a party of the British Columbia Mountaineering Club. The peak was named for prospector James Fitzsimmons, who built a trail along Fitzsimmons Creek in an effort to haul supplies to a small copper mine he staked and worked. The mountain's name was officially adopted on September 2, 1930, by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.

Climate

Mt. Fitzsimmons of Spearhead
Mt. Fitzsimmons' NE face

Based on the Köppen climate classification, Mount Fitzsimmons is located in the marine west coast 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 Mount Fitzsimmons.

Climbing Routes

Established climbing routes on Mount Fitzsimmons :

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