Christian Peak

Feature Type:Peak (2) - Summit of a mountain or hill, or the mountain or hill itself.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On Mount Lyell, on BC-Alberta boundary NE of Bush Arm, Kinbasket Lake, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°56'39''N, 117°05'54''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82N/14

Origin Notes and History:

"Christian Peak (not Mount Christian, nor Peak # 5)" adopted 19 January 1972 on 82 N/14, as submitted by S. Vallance, Banff (file B.1.59).

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

After Swiss guides (father and son), both named Christian Hässler.

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.

The five distinct peaks on Mount Lyell were named for six prominent Swiss mountaineering guides: Edward (sic) Feuz and Christian Hässler, brought from Interlaken to Glacier House by the CPR in 1899 to assist climbing parties in the Rocky Mountains; their sons and nephew Ernest [sic] Feuz, Christian Hässler and Walter Feuz; and Rudolph Aemmer - together the "Swiss Guides" made mountaineering in the Canadian Rockies more accessible (Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol XVII, 1982, p.42). See also "The Selkirk Range" by A.O. Wheeler, Department of Interior, 1905; and "The Golden Star", 7 June 1972, Vol 81, No 23. Christian Hässler, Jr. died at Golden 31 October 1940 (obituary in Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol XXVII-2, 1940, p.231).

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office