Blackcomb 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: Between Cheakamus Lake and Wedge Creek, just SE of Whister in Garibaldi Provincial Park, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°04'53''N, 122°52'16''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92J/2

Origin Notes and History:

Blackcomb Peak adopted 2 September 1930 as labelled on A.J. Campbell's 1928 map of Garibaldi Park, produced for the Garibaldi Park Board.

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

The peak was named by Don and Phyllis Munday, BC Mountaineering Club, credited with first ascent in the summer of 1923: "Descriptive of the serrated edge of black rock at the summit." (relayed 24 October 1927 via mountaineer Neal M. Carter, and submitted for the Garibaldi Park Map being compiled by A.J. Campbell, BCLS, file G.1.28). Since that time, the entire landmass has become known as "Blackcomb Mountain"

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

First recorded ascent: Don and Phyllis Munday, 1923. "Then we climbed up and built a small cairn as there was no sign of previous climbers. We suggested the descriptive name of Mt. Blackcomb. The elevation was apparently about 8,000 feet. The time was 2pm." (from "A Passion for Mountains: The Lives of Don and Phyllis Munday" by Kathryn Bridge; Rocky Mountain Books; 2006, p.101, in turn excerpted from "Fitzsimmons" an unpublished manuscript by Don Munday [BC Archives accession MS-2379].)

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

Named by Alex Philip, who in 1914 with his wife Myrtle, established and operated Rainbow Lodge at the base of this mountain. (unattributed anecdote in the collection of Whistler Museum, provided April 2011.)

Source: included with note