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Mount Olds
Mount Olds.jpg
Mount Olds, north aspect
Highest point
Elevation 2,542 m (8,340 ft)
Prominence 120 m (390 ft)
Parent peak Mount Oleg (2587 m)
Geography
Location British Columbia, Canada
Parent range Cayoosh Range
Lillooet Ranges
Coast Mountains
Topo map NTS 92J7
Climbing
First ascent 1962 by R. Gilbert
Easiest route Scrambling

Mount Olds is a 2,542-metre (8,340-foot) mountain summit located in the Cayoosh Range of the Lillooet Ranges, in southwestern British Columbia, Canada. It is situated 17 km (11 mi) northeast of Pemberton, 2 km (1 mi) south-southeast of Mount Gardiner, and 1 km (1 mi) east of Mount Oleg, which is its nearest higher peak. The mountain's name was officially adopted on June 21, 19796, by the Geographical Names Board of Canada. Precipitation runoff from the peak drains into tributaries of the Fraser River.

Climate

Mounts Olds and Oleg
Mt. Olds (left) and Mt. Oleg (right)

Based on the Köppen climate classification, Mount Olds 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. This climate supports the Place Glacier on the north slope of Mount Olds. 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 Olds.

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