Younghusband Ridge

Feature Type:Ridge (2) - Elongated stretch of elevated ground.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On BC-Alberta boundary, E of Wood Arm Kinbasket Lake, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°14'04''N, 117°48'42''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 83C/4

Origin Notes and History:

Younghusband Ridge adopted by BC 10 June 1985 on 83C/4; adopted by Alberta 5 May 1987; adopted by Parks Canada 3 August 1987.

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

Mount Younghusband submitted by Alfred J. Ostheimer in 1927 (file C.2.27); resubmitted by Palmer and Thorington in 1939. Resubmitted as Younghusband Ridge by W.L. Putnam in December 1968 - a more accurate description of the feature.

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

Originally submitted in 1927 by Alfred J. Ostheimer, with names for numerous peaks in the Clemenceau Glacier area; the theme relates to members of exploration parties in various part of the world - this one referring to Lieutenant Colonel Sir Francis Younghusband, who in 1904 had journeyed across the Himilayas to Tibet, where he concluded a British-Tibetan trade treaty with the Dalai Lama; described in 1930 "one of the greatest living explorers." Most of Ostheimer's names were originally rejected by the Geographic Board of Canada because of the sheer volume of his submissions, none in the least relevant to Canada or the Canadian Rockies. However, the names were published, circulated and promoted by Ostheimer in mountaineering journals (Canadian Alpine Journal, vol XVI, 1927, American Alpine Journal, Appalachia, etc) with the result that many of the names gained extensive use amongst mountaineers and were adopted in subsequent years.

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