Elephas Mountain

Alberta-BC boundary. Mountain
Alta-BC boundary, E of headwaters of Fraser River
52°36’00” N 118°20’00” W — Map 83D/9 — GoogleGeoHack
Official in BC

“Although there is no doubt that this peak was named by the Boundary Survey from the fact that is adjacent to Mt. Mastodon, and not from any actual resemblance to the animal in question,” wrote the mountaineer C. G. Wates on route to the first ascent of Mount Elephas in 1933, “it is a singular coincidence that as seen from our bivouac, the mountain forms a perfect elephant, trunk, ears and eyes complete.” The feature was named by the interprovincial boundary survey party of Wheeler and Cautley in 1921.

References:

  • Wheeler, Arthur Oliver [1860–1945], and Cautley, Richard W. [1873–1953]. Report of the Commission appointed to delimit the boundary between the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Part II. 1917 to 1921. From Kicking Horse Pass to Yellowhead Pass.. Ottawa: Office of the Surveyor General, 1924. Whyte Museum
  • Wheeler, Arthur Oliver [1860–1945], and Cautley, Richard W. [1873–1953]. 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, 1925. Whyte Museum
  • Wates, Cyril G. [1883–1946], and Wates, Cyril G. [1883–1946]. “The Eremite and beyond.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 22 (1933):64-70. Alpine Club of Canada
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