Overlord Mountain

Overlord Mountain is a 2,625-metre (8,612-foot) glacier-clad peak located in the Garibaldi Ranges of the Coast Mountains, in Garibaldi Provincial Park of southwestern British Columbia, Canada. It is the highest point of the Fitzsimmons Range, which is a subset of the Garibaldi Ranges, and can be readily seen from the Whistler Blackcomb ski area.[3] It is situated 15 km (9 mi) southeast of Whistler, and its nearest higher peak is Mount Macbeth, 3 km (2 mi) to the north-northeast.[3] The Benvolio Glacier rests below the south aspect of the summit, the Fitzsimmons Glacier on the east aspect, and the expansive Overlord Glacier spans the northern and western aspects of the mountain. Precipitation runoff from the peak and meltwater from its glaciers drains into tributaries of the Cheakamus River. The first ascent of the mountain was made in 1923 by Phyllis Munday and Don Munday via the Benvolio Glacier.[1] The mountain's descriptive name was recommended by the  Garibaldi Park Board and officially adopted on September 2, 1930, by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.[2][4]

Overlord Mountain
Overlord Mountain.jpg
Overlord Massif, seen from Whistler Mountain
Highest point
Elevation2,625 m (8,612 ft) [1]
Prominence415 m (1,362 ft) [1]
Parent peakMount Macbeth (2639 m)[1]
Coordinates50°0′56″N 122°49′15″W / 50.01556°N 122.82083°W / 50.01556; -122.82083Coordinates: 50°0′56″N 122°49′15″W / 50.01556°N 122.82083°W / 50.01556; -122.82083[2]
Overlord Mountain is located in British Columbia
Overlord Mountain
Overlord Mountain
Location in British Columbia
Overlord Mountain is located in Canada
Overlord Mountain
Overlord Mountain
Overlord Mountain (Canada)
LocationGaribaldi Provincial Park
British Columbia, Canada
Parent rangeFitzsimmons Range
Garibaldi Ranges
Coast Ranges
Topo mapNTS 92J2
First ascent1923 by Phyllis Munday, Don Munday[1]
Easiest routeclass 2 via Benvolio Glacier


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Overlord Mountain is located in the marine west coast climate zone of western North America.[5] 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. The months July through September offer the most favorable weather for climbing Overlord Mountain.

Climbing RoutesEdit

Established climbing routes on Overlord Mountain:[1]    

  • Benvolio Glacier - class 2 First Ascent 1923
  • West Ridge - class 4
  • East Ridge
  • North Ridge



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Overlord Mountain". Bivouac.com. Retrieved 2019-11-15.
  2. ^ a b "Overlord Mountain". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2019-11-15.
  3. ^ a b "Overlord Mountain, British Columbia". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  4. ^ "Overlord Mountain". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  5. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L.; McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11. ISSN 1027-5606.

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