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By Kevin Craig
Apr 26, 2008
|The definitive and most up-to-date guidebooks for the range are "Selkirks North" and "Selkirks South" by David P. Jones. The dividing line for North & South is roughly Rogers Pass. Note that these books do not cover the Bugaboos which technically are part of the Selkirks (the Piche' guide is the ticket for the Bugs).|
By Ken Trout
From: Golden, CO
Aug 30, 2011
The mountains of British Columbia are very difficult to outline. It doesn't help that the boundary between the Selkirk and Purcell ranges is a narrow valley hidden in wilderness and flooded with resevoirs.
Rock & Ice Magazine once stated that the Bugaboos are part of the Canadian Rockies, so even the experts have trouble.
The American Alpine Journal no longer sorts the ranges. The AAC guide to the Columbia Mountains left out the Purcells. William Putnam, the best classifier of all, wrote in 1972 that the Canadian: "...Geographic Board altered certain of the nomenclature, a continuing practice which has caused vast confusion."
However the Canadians are not confused. The Canadian Alpine Journal still uses the heading "Interior", not just Columbia Mountains.
Dave Jones does even better than leave the Bugs in the Purcells. He also correctly left the Valhallas out of the Selkirk books - perhaps the first to acknowledge that the Valhallas are separate from the Selkirks - a geologically proper fifth range of the Columbia Mountains.