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Mount Monica
Monica Mountain.jpg
Mount Monica, north aspect
Highest point
Elevation 3,072 m (10,079 ft)
Prominence 392 m (1,286 ft)
Parent peak Jumbo Mountain (3437 m)
Location British Columbia, Canada
Parent range Purcell Mountains
Topo map NTS 82K/7
First ascent 1911 Coffin, Harnden, Poorman
Easiest route class 3 Southeast Ridge

Mount Monica is a 3,072-metre (10,079-foot) mountain summit located in the Purcell Mountains in southeast British Columbia, Canada. It is situated 56 km (35 mi) north of Kaslo, 48 km (30 mi) west of Invermere, immediately south of Starbird Pass, 7 km (4.3 mi) east of Mount Macduff, and its nearest higher peak is Jumbo Mountain, 9 km (5.6 mi) to the east. The first ascent of the mountain was made in August 1911 by E. W. Harnden, M. Coffin, and J. Poorman via the southeast ridge. The peak was named by Edward Warren Harnden after his mother. The mountain's name was officially adopted June 9, 1960, by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Mount Monica is located in a subarctic climate zone with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. Temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors  below −30 °C. Precipitation runoff from Mount Monica and meltwater from its surrounding glaciers drains west into Glacier Creek which is a  tributary of the Duncan River, or east into Horsethief Creek, which is a tributary of the Columbia River.

Climbing Routes

Established climbing routes on Mount Monica:

  • Southeast Ridge - class 3 First ascent 1911
  • Southwest Ridge - class 4 First ascent 1994
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