The Colonel

British Columbia. Mountain
NE of Moose Lake
53.0833 N 118.8 W — Map 83E/2 — GoogleGeoHack
Earliest known reference to this name is 1911
Name officially adopted in 1923
Official in BCCanada
Colonel Aimé Laussedat

Colonel Aimé Laussedat

Colonel Aimé Laussedat (1819-1907) was a French scientist who, because of his contributions to the field of aerial photography, is called the “father of photogrammetry.”

Arthur Oliver Wheeler [1860–1945] named the peak in 1911, during the 1911 Alpine Club of Canada–Smithsonian Robson Expedition:

“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 Aimé 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!”


  • Deaville, E. “Colonel A. Laussedat. In memoriam.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2 (1908):98
  • Wheeler, Arthur Oliver [1860–1945]. “The Mountains of the Yellowhead Pass.” Alpine Journal, Vol. 26, No.198 (1912):382
  • Wikipédia (Fr.). Aimé Laussedat

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