Chamberlin Peak

Name adopted in 1963
Feature type: Peak (2)
Province: British Columbia
Location: SW of Mount Robson
Latitude: 52°40’00”
Longitude: 119°36’00”
NTS map: 83D/12
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Also listed at Geographical Names in Canada
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Rollin Thomas Chamberlin

Rollin Thomas Chamberlin

Rollin T. Chamberlin, L. E. “Slim” Goodell, Allen Carpe, A. L. Withers, George Burns

Rollin T. Chamberlin, L. E. “Slim” Goodell, Allen Carpe, A. L. Withers, George Burns
University of Chicago

The name “Mount Chamberlin” was suggested by the 1949 mountaineering party of Hendricks and Kauffman. “Chamberlin Peak” was adopted in 1963 by the BC Geographical Names Office, as there was already a Mount Chamberlin, named in 1917 for the unrelated Edson Chamberlin, about 50 kilometres to the north near Mount Robson.

The name was submitted by Alpine Club of Canada to recognize Rollin T. Chamberlin (1881–1948), geologist and mountaineer. Chamberlin ascended Tête Creek in 1924, and made several climbs in that area of the Cariboo Mountains, including the first ascent of Mount Sir Wilfrid Laurier (called Mount Titan at the time). Chamberlin, a professor of geology at the University of Chicago, was author of The Gases in Rocks.

The lower photo shows the Cariboo expedition conducting fieldwork. From left: Rollin T. Chamberlin, L. E. “Slim” Goodell (horse-packer), Allen Carpe (explorer), A. L. Withers, George Burns (horse-packer).


  • Chamberlin, Rollin T. “Exploration of the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia.” Bulletin of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, 25 (1925):59-76
  • Carpé, Allen. “Albreda Mountain.” Canadian Alpine Journal, 16 (1926-27):p. 177. p. 243. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Zillmer, Raymond T. [1887–1960]. “The Exploration of the Cariboo Range from the East.” American Alpine Journal, 5:2 (1944):261-274. American Alpine Club
  • Pettijohn, F. J. “Rollin Thomas Chamberlin: a Biographical Memoir.” (1970). National Academy of Sciences
  • Hendricks, Sterling and Kauffman, Andrew John. “Cariboo Climbing.” American Alpine Journal, 7:2 (1950). AAJ

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