The Ramparts

Feature type: Mountains
Province: British Columbia
Location: E of headwaters of Fraser River
Latitude: 52°43’00”
Longitude: 118°23’00”
NTS map: 83D/9
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

In fortifications, a rampart is a mound of earth raised for the defense of a place, capable of resisting cannon-shot, wide enough on the top for the passage of troops and guns, and usually surmounted by a stone parapet. The feature, a series of peaks on the Alberta-British Columbia boundary at the headwaters of the Fraser River, was named by the interprovincial boundary survey of Wheeler and Cautley in 1921.

The peaks of the Ramparts are Barbican, Geikie, Turret, Bastion, Redoubt, Dungeon, Oubliette, and Paragon.

After an expedition in the area in 1933 which included several first ascents, mountaineer C.G. Wates wrote, “I know of no compact and continuous range in the Canadian Rockies which can show such an array of difficult peaks.”

References:

  • Wates, C.G. and Gibson, E.R. “The Eremite and beyond.” Canadian Alpine Journal 22 (1933).
  • Wheeler, Arthur O. and Cautley, R.W. Report of the Commission appointed to delimit the boundary between the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Part III-A. Topographical surveys of the watershed. 1922, 1923, 1924. Ottawa: Office of the Surveyor General, 1924

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