The Helmet

Feature type: Peak (2)
Province: British Columbia
Location: NE of Mount Robson, SE of Berg Lake
Latitude: 53°07’00”
Longitude: 119°08’00”
NTS map: 83E/3
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

Arnold Mumm wrote of his 1909 expedition to Mount Robson, “We now learned from John Yates, who came with us, that he, Mr. Kinney and the brothers Coleman had effected a direct passage to the base of the wall through a tumbled mass of snow and glacier which intervenes between it and the face of the main glacier and is held up by a snow-capped buttress to which he gave the name of ‘The Helmet.’” Yates, a guide from Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta, had accompanied the Colemans and Kinney on their 1908 expedition to Mount Robson.

During his 1911 trip around Mount Robson, Arthur Wheeler “looked at the north-east face of the Mount Robson massif. On the north shoulder rests a mighty ice-field, crevassed and broken in every direction. From its centre a rugged ridge protrudes, of which the culminating apex has been named by Coleman ‘The Helmet,’ from the resemblance to the old Roman headpiece when seen from the valley below.”

Another source says the Helmet was named by J.H. Scattergood in 1900.

References:

  • Coleman, Arthur Philemon, 1852-1939. The Canadian Rockies: new and old trails. Toronto: Henry Frowde, 1911
  • Mumm, Arnold L. “An expedition to Mount Robson.” Canadian Alpine Journal 2, no. 2 (1910).
  • Wheeler, Arthur Oliver 1860-1945 . “The mountains of the Yellowhead Pass.” Alpine Journal 26, no.198 (1912).

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