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North America, Canada, British Columbia, Coast Range, Mount Crawford, Chatsquot-Smaby Icefields, North Central Coast Range

Mount Crawford, Chatsquot-Smaby Icefields, North Central Coast Range, British Columbia. Pete Parrotta and I were helicoptered to the remote Chatsquot- Smaby Icefields and established Base Camp 110 kilometers north-northwest of Bella Coola beside the beautiful snow dome, Mount Crawford (1951 meters, 6400 feet). We were on the gigantic, unlogged Kitlope-Gamsby watershed. We climbed and skied in the region from May 11 to 23. We made four first ascents, the first of which was Mount Crawford. Our most productive day was a grueling fourteen hours of climbing and skiing to climb three unnamed mountains. The highest was a peak of 7260 feet, four miles northeast of Crawford. The other two of 6255 and 6310 feet were about a mile farther south; all were measured by my altimeter. Although the mountains only range from 6500 to 7500 feet, the low glaciation and treeline offer ascents up to 4000 feet above the trees and opportunities for intermediate to extreme ski-mountaineering.

Peter Wallbridge, British Columbia Mountaineering Club