Fred Beckey's Great Peaks of the Continent

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This page is a list of links to the 35 "Great Peaks of the Continent" according to Fred Beckey. Beckey's book, originally published in 1984, was copy written in 1982 and was published by Bonanza Books. It is no longer in print, but can be found for purchase here. Of note is the striking photographs and the excellent narrative regarding the history, geology, and climbing interests among the great Ranges of North America. The list is a smattering of what Fred would suggest to be a good 'representation' of the variety and uniqueness of mountains that North America has to offer.

In Fred's own words, "This book is a descriptive, historic, and scenic odyssey among some of the most magnificent mountains on earth - the mountains of North America. It would be impossible to portray the mountains as a geographic entity because they occur in many separate ranges, spanning the continent from the West Coast to the Appalachians, from the volcanoes of Mexico to the gigantic peaks of Alaska. Nor have I depicted the ranges and mountain systems in great detail. Rather, I have chosen to profile important individual peaks on a regional basis. By a clearly defined and limited focus on specific mountains, I hope to evoke the essence of the vast subject."


Chapter Image Mountain/Peak Name Elevation(ft) Prominence(ft) State/Province Parent Range
1 Katahdin 5,268 4,288 ME Longfellow Mountains
2 Mount Washington 6,288 6,148 NH White Mountains
3 Mount Marcy 5,344 4,914 NY Adriondack Mountains
4 Clingmans Dome 6,643 4,503 TN/NC Great Smoky Mountains
5 Pico de Orizaba 18,491 16,148 PU Cordillera Neovolcanica
6 Harney Peak 7,244 2,922 SD Black Hills
7 Pikes Peak 14,110 5,510 CO Front Range
8 Longs Peak 14,255 2,940 CO Front Range
9 South Maroon Peak 14,156 2,316 CO Elk Range
10 Mount Sneffels 14,150 3,030 CO San Juan Range
11 Mount Moran 12,605 2,605 WY Teton Range
12 Grand Teton 13,770 6,350 WY Teton Range
13 Gannett Peak 13,804 7,076 WY Wind River Range
14 Fremont Peak 13,745 1,184 WY Wind River Range
15 Mount Wilbur 9,326 2,136 MT Lewis Range
16 Mount Assiniboine 11,864 6,831 AB/BC Canadian Rockies
17 Mount Robson 12,989 9,249 BC Canadian Rockies
18 Howser Spire 11,194 4,262 BC Bugaboos
19 Mount Sir Donald 10,774 2,867 BC Selkirk Mountains
20 Mount Timpanogos 11,749 5,269 UT Wasatch Range
21 Ship Rock 7,178 1,588 NM Colorado Plateau
22 Humphreys Peak 12,633 6,039 AZ Colorado Plateau
23 North Palisade 14,242 2,894 CA Sierra Nevada
24 Mount Whitney 14,495 10,075 CA Sierra Nevada
25 Mount Ritter 13,143 3,957 CA Sierra Nevada
26 Mount Shasta 14,162 9,822 CA Cascade Range
27 Mount Hood 11,239 7,706 OR Cascade Range
28 Mount St Helens 8,333 4,573 WA Cascade Range
29 Mount Rainier 14,411 13,211 WA Cascade Range
30 Mount Shuksan 9,131 4,411 WA Cascade Range
31 Mount Waddington 13,186 10,758 BC Coast Mountains
32 Devils Thumb 9,111 3,370 AK/BC Coast Mountains
33 Mount St Elias 18,008 11,184 AK/YT St Elias Mountains
34 Mount Deborah 12,339 5,139 AK Alaska Range
35 Denali 20,320 20,156 AK Alaska Range



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