Mount Baker (Waputik Mountains)

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Mount Baker
Mount Baker is located in Alberta
Mount Baker
Mount Baker
Location in Alberta and British Columbia
Highest point
Elevation 3,180 m (10,430 ft) [1]
Prominence 480 m (1,570 ft) [2]
Coordinates 51°39′55″N 116°35′52″W / 51.66528°N 116.59778°W / 51.66528; -116.59778Coordinates: 51°39′55″N 116°35′52″W / 51.66528°N 116.59778°W / 51.66528; -116.59778[3]
Location Alberta - British Columbia
Parent range Waputik Mountains
Topo map NTS 82N/10
First ascent 1923 W.D. Wilcox, R. Aemmer[2]

Mount Baker is a mountain on the Continental Divide, in Alberta and British Columbia, in the Waputik Mountains of the Canadian Rockies. It was named in 1898 by J. Norman Collie after his friend and climbing partner George Percival Baker (1855–1951), textile manufacturer, plantsman and gardener, and keen mountaineer. Baker described his visit to this area which took place in 1897.[4] In this small volume Baker noted that Collie also proposed to name a pass after him. Collie and Baker were accompanied by Peter Sarbach, and for the first week by H. B. Dixon as well as American members of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Mount Sarbach was named at the same time, as well as several other peaks: "We now named the peaks, after presidents of the Club of our time, Freshfield, Dent, Pilkington, and Walker."

The mountain has been wrongly identified as "Stremotch Mountain" on subsequent maps and documents after a first map that was submitted by C.S. Thompson to the Surveyor General and subsequently printed in "Map of the Wapta Icefield" in Canadian Alpine Journal Vol 1, No 1, 1907, p.151.[3]


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  1. ^ "Mount Baker". 
  2. ^ a b "Mount Baker". Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Mount Baker". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  4. ^ Mountaineering memories of the past. Privately printed 1951