The Old Settler, British Columbia

Prominence: 1232 m, 4042 ft

Elevation: 2132 meters, 6995 feet

True Isolation: 31.92 km, 19.84 mi
SubpeaksThe Old Settler - Middle Peak (2100 m/6890 ft)
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)49° 30' 43'' N, 121° 37' 18'' W
49.511891, -121.621586 (Dec Deg)
599782 E 5485276 N, Zone 10 (UTM)
State/ProvinceBritish Columbia
County/Second Level RegionFraser Valley

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Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 9
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Selected Trip Reports:
     1994-05-14 by Brian Friedrich
     1995-08-02 by Brian Friedrich
     2020-09-08 by Matt Juhasz
     2021-07-18 by Steven Song
     2022-07-29 by Chris Gulka
     2022-07-29 by Seb Gulka

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Located on the Talc/Cogburn Divide, 7 km south-west of Mount Fagervik. Highest peak located on the Harrison-Fraser divide. The Old Settler is a complex mountain composed of a tight grouping of four main peaks, with a prominent subsidiary peak out to the west at the end of a 2km long ridge.
Geologically, the Settler is a real jigsaw. The south summit is composed of bizarre reddish ophiolitic rock, some of which is obviously gabbro or dunite, and some which appears to be a rare gabbroidal gneiss. The Central and Northern summits are composed of a broken, old granodiorite mixed with serpentitite and other dark rocks. Just south of the south peak is a blue zone of schist, and a quartz monzonite or diorite outcrop occurs along the base of the peak near the shore of Daiphy Lake. Finally some limestone with extant mineral claims outcrops below the long NW ridge. There is a proposed molybdenum mine just across the valley of Talc Creek.

The red rock on the Settler offers superb climbing as it is solid and well endowed with holds and cracks for protection, and is grippy and highly suitable for friction climbing. The dark rock is generally somewhat looser.

A large family herd of goats uses the northwest ridge as a natal area to raise newly born kids. Please don't visit this part of the mountain in the May-early July period.

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Looking North from the middle peak, towards the North (tallest) peak of The Old Settler (2022-07-29). Photo by Chris Gulka.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 1232 m/4042 ft
  Optimistic Prominence: 1252 m/4107 ft
  Key Col: 900 m/2953 ft
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 31.92 km/19.84 mi
   Isolation Limit Point: 49.72, -121.9258
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Mount Breakenridge  (NW)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Coast Mountains
Range4: Southern Pacific Ranges
Range5: Lillooet Range
Drainage BasinsHarrison
Strait of Georgia
Pacific Ocean
Topo MapMount Urquhart 92 H/12 1:50,000
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
This peak was submitted to the database by Brian Friedrich.
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