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Stay on top of the news, subscribe to the ACC NewsNet, our weekly e-bulletin. www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/newsnet/ 4 The Alpine Club of Canada Gazette Summer 2016 Happiness is snow camping in the Rockies on the May long weekend. photo: John Mcisaac Short Rope by lynn Martel I love feedback. If a reader takes the time to send an email, or to express their thoughts by phone to comment, compliment, com‑ plain or criticize something they've read in e Alpine Club of Canada's Gazette, that means we—the Club members who write the articles, designer and ACC Publications Manager, Suzan Chamney, and I, the editor—have accomplished goal number one. People are reading the Gazette. What's especially enjoyable for me is that the ACC is comprised of members who are intelligent, well‑informed and, to keep things interesting, occasion‑ ally opinionated. at can make for some interesting, stimulating and thought‑provoking feedback. And, as such, I must thank a Club member from the BC coast for inspiring me with the subject matter of this particular column. In the Spring 2016 issue, an article submitted by an ACCer describing the ascent of a certain peak, referred to how some mountains are named for "stale British or Canadian statesmen." e adjective "stale" the gentleman caller stated, was terrifically unfair to those accomplished and deserving states‑ men who have been so recognized. I did immediately and wholeheartedly agree. But—yes, there is a but—I had to add that while some Canadian moun‑ tains are indeed named for honourable statesmen, there are also peaks named for a wide range of objects and people, living or dead, including a few "stale" statesmen. On Vancouver Island, Mount Colonel Foster pays tribute to a truly worthy decorated World War 1 veteran, BC Legislature member, and president of the Canadian National Parks Association and the ACC. In the Selkirks, Mount Mackenzie honours Canada's long‑ est‑serving Prime Minster who served his country through the dark days of the Depression and the Second World War. Worse than stale however, Mount Petain in the Rockies' Kananaskis Country region, is named for a French Marshall who is reviled by his country‑ men for collaborating with the Germans during the Second World War. In western Canada alone, mountains of all sizes are named for characters in a Herman Melville novel (Claggart), Shakespeare's plays (Banquo), a Scottish distillery (McBean), several Swiss mountain guides, clergymen, geological features, prospectors, Dominion land surveyors, the wife of the namer's occa‑ sional climbing companion and the family estates of friends in Scotland. e Rockies' Mount Ovington was named in Summit of Excellence expanded happen thanks to the often unheralded efforts of people who love these moun‑ tains and the adventures they inspire, things that make our mountains safer, better understood, more beautiful, and more celebrated," said climber, writer and past editor of the Canadian Alpine Journal, Geoff Powter, an SOE selection committee member. And, even while many of those who are making exceptional contributions are well‑known, particularly in their own neighbourhoods, some, such as 2015 award recipient, ACMG Mountain Guide and exceptional photographer Pierre Lemire, aren't as recognized as they deserve to be. "Even though some are very well known to the climbing community— Barry Blanchard for example—the by lynn Martel A cross the country, from coast to coast to coast, Canadians living in mountain communities enjoy their lives with hiking and climbing and skiing on mountain slopes and cliffs. And they also celebrate and nurture a sense of community through photography, writ‑ ing, publishing, new‑routing and safety and conservation efforts. And those reasons, and more, are behind the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festivals' decision to expand the scope of the Bill March Summit of Excellence Award to recognize the exceptional contributions of individuals from mountains communities across the country. "In all of our mountain communities across the country there are things that happen behind the scenes, things that 1966 for a soldier killed in action in 1944, while Oventop Ridge in the Monashee Mountains was so named because the day it was first climbed in 1952 was extremely warm and its ascensionists were hot, thirsty and dehydrated. A few, thank goodness, have admirably been named for the aboriginal guides who helped Europeans locate those peaks in the first place. Among the most creative I've encoun‑ tered include the Kitchen Range, named by Bill Putnam for the peaks visible from the kitchen window of the hut bearing his name. Another peak in the area is named Mount Sir William—you can guess who that is. So, many thanks to the Club member who sent me on this journey, and sincere apologies to any ACCers who might have taken offense. Clearly, when it comes to mountain names, they are, quite literally, all over the map. I appreciate being sent to explore the pages of Canadian Mountain Place Names: e Rockies and Columbia Mountains, written by the peak‑worthy Glen W. Boles, Roger W. Laurilla and William L. Putnam.

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