The Colonel

Feature type: Mountain
Province: British Columbia
Location: NE of Moose Lake
Latitude: 53°05’00”
Longitude: 118°48’00”
NTS map: 83E/2
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

Colonel Ami Laussedat (1819-1907) was a French scientist who, according to Arthur Wheeler, “first brought to notice the uses of photography in mountain surveying.”

Wheeler named the peak in 1911, during his circuit of Mount Robson: “Across the valley from our camp a fine-looking peak stood out conspicuously. On a small scale the peak resembles one on the Blaeberry River, near its junction with the Columbia, named Mt. Laussedat, after Colonel Ami Laussedat, a French scientist who first brought to notice the uses of photography in mountain surveying. The station is here referred to as ‘The Colonel.’ It is a very commanding peak and the view from its summit will repay the climb, which is nowhere difficult. It was a wondrous sight—seas of peaks does not express it—oceans of peaks rising high in every direction. The immensity of the view is astonishing—the immeasurable chaos of it all!”

References:

  • Deaville, E. “Colonel A. Laussedat. In memoriam.” Canadian Alpine Journal 1 (1908).
  • Wheeler, Arthur Oliver 1860-1945 . “The mountains of the Yellowhead Pass.” Alpine Journal 26, no.198 (1912).

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