In literature, like the Canadian Alpine Journal or guidebooks, the southernmost Coast Range is defined as any mountains encircled by highway 99 and the Fraser River. In addition, all the alpine peaks that fill the Squamish River are included. John Bladwin, an expert of Coast Range geography, solidified this definition in Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis, 1994.
Dividing up the Coast Range into sections will help fit all the icefields, ranges, neves, fjord walls, summits, sport crags, and rain forest boulders onto Mountain Project's home page menu for British Colombia.
Keeping a tight menu for BC leaves room for the areas that are more important to climbers than remote glacier peaks. For example, although Squamish is part of the southern Coast Range, it deserves to be a menu choice as soon as we click on British Colombia. MAJOR CLIMBING AREAS OF THE SOUTHERN COAST RANGES
Fascinating amounts of Vancouver area climbing can be found under Fraser Valley Area
If the link fails, then the information can be found listed as Fraser Valley on the BC page menu.
The wonderful world of the Squamish Chief
is also well covered on Mountain Project. If the link fails, Squamish is there on the main British Colombia page too.
On the way up to the Chief from Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast
has lots of routes posted.
The Powell River
area and the fabled Eldred valley may not fit within the highway loop definition of southernmost Coast Mountains. The ferry service call the area Southern Gulf Islands. But for all practical purposes it is part of the weekend realm for the Vancouver-Victoria-Squamish climber.
Then there is the beautiful Chehalis Range
, another granitic and alpine area close to the city, listed on the BC menu.
Listed on the Fraser Valley menu, The Chehalis River Gorge
appears as a well developed summer paradise. POSSIBLE ADDITIONS FOR SOUTHERN COAST RANGE
There is so much; the Tantalus Range, Mount Garibaldi, the Spearhead Range, the Lillooet Range, The Pemberton Icefield, and the Duffy Lake Peaks.