The Ramparts

Name adopted in 1928
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
Also listed at Geographical Names in Canada
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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 Geikie, Turret, Bastion, Drawbridge, Redoubt, Dungeon, Paragon. Strumia has named the peak between Dungeon and Paragon “Mount Oubliette”, an unofficial name.

After an expedition in the area in 1933 which included several first ascents, mountaineer Cyril G. Wates wrote, “I know of no compact and continuous range in the Canadian Rockies which can show such an array of difficult peaks.” Wates called the pass between Paragon and Parapet peaks “Para Pass,” also an unofficial name.

References:

  • 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 II. 1917 to 1921. From Kicking Horse Pass to Yellowhead Pass.. Ottawa: Office of the Surveyor General, 1921
  • Strumia, Max M. “The first ascent of Mt. Oubliette.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 21 :74. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Wates, Cyril G. and Gibson, E.R. “The Eremite and beyond.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 22 (1933):64-70. Alpine Club of Canada

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