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Mount Pelops
Mount Pelops, east aspect.jpg
Mount Pelops, east aspect
Highest point
Elevation 2,015 m (6,611 ft)
Prominence 105 m (344 ft)
Parent peak Mount Niobe (2021 m)
Geography
Location Tantalus Provincial Park
British Columbia, Canada
Parent range Tantalus Range
Coast Ranges
Topo map NTS 92G/14
Climbing
First ascent 1916 by J. Fyles and T. Fyles
Easiest route Scrambling

Mount Pelops is a 2,015-metre (6,611-foot) mountain summit located in the Tantalus Range, in Tantalus Provincial Park, in southwestern British Columbia, Canada. It is situated 10 km (6 mi) northwest of Squamish, and 7.5 km (5 mi) southeast of Mount Tantalus, which is the highest peak in the Tantalus Range. Its nearest higher peak is Mount Niobe, 0.2 km (0 mi) to the northwest, and Omega Mountain lies 1.7 km (1 mi) to the east. Precipitation runoff from the peak drains into tributaries of the Squamish River. The first ascent of the mountain was made in 1916 by Tom Fyles and his brother, John Fyles. The mountain was named for Pelops, brother of Niobe and son of Tantalus according to Greek mythology, with several peaks in the Tantalus Range being named for family members of Tantalus. The mountain's name was officially adopted on June 6, 1957, by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.

Climate

Mts. Pelops and Niobe
Pelops (left) and Niobe

Based on the Köppen climate classification, Mount Pelops 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. This climate supports small glacier remnants on the east and north slopes of Pelops. The months July through September offer the most favorable weather for climbing Pelops.

Climbing Routes

Omega Mountain in BC
Omega Mountain centered, Pelops and Niobe to right, seen from the Sea to Sky Highway

Established rock climbing routes on Mount Pelops:

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