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Quill Peak  Alberta   #10434
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Murchison Group

Height: 3124 m <- 10250 feet
Prominence?: 487 m  
Line Parent?: Observation Peak (10.8 km away, at bearing 181 degrees)
Greater Parent: Observation Peak (11.0 km away)

Location:   51.83931,-116.46478     51:50:22, -116:27:53   11U 536875 5743301 (18 km N of Bow Lake). (49 km N of Field). (9 km S of Mount Loudon). NTS Mapsheet: 082.N.16   AreaCode: FL16/IE36
Quill Peak
Located in the Siffleur Wilderness, just west of the junction of Dolomite Creek and the Siffleur River. The peak is just east of the head of Porcupine Creek. On the 1:250,000, this peak is right on the border. This is a rugged peak with a small glacier on the north slopes. The north face is a big cliff, but there is a long gentle south ridge.

Name Notes: Named after the quill of a Porcupine. The porcupine's chief defense is its quills, sharp spines distributed across the rodent's back, sides, legs, tail and head. They may be as dense as 150 per square inch, giving one animal as many as 30,000 quills. Porcupines do not throw their quills; unfortunate attackers approach closely enough to be swatted by the tail or brush against the animal. Like the related ordinary hairs, porcupine quills grow back when they come out.

When threatened, a porcupine will raise its quills. This is the piloerection reflex, the same as the goose bump reflex in humans.

A porcupine can defend itself by hiding its bare face from an attacker and keeping its bare belly to the ground. It may swat its tail at an assailant. The quills are not poisoned, but animals may die from a porcupine encounter if the quills prevent eating. Porcupines often fall on their own quills. Likely as an evolutionary result, the quills possess mild antibiotic properties.

Quills are sharp-pointed, fitted with microscopic barbs, and expand on contact with warm flesh. Muscle contractions in a quill victim work the quill deeper, as much as 2 cm per day unless the quills are removed promptly. Male porcupines use urine to soften the females' quills before mating. Fishers sometimes successfully attack porcupines by biting their faces.

Trip Reports within 1 km
52 2015.08.12 Quill Peak via Silverhorn Creek Bill Leach


Paper Maps
1:70000Bow Lake & Saskatchewan Crossing Gem Trek
1:250000Banff National Park Canada: Map and Guide in One Gem Trek
1:400000Best of The Icefields Parkway Gem Trek
1:400000Canadian Rockies (Explorer's Map and Guide) Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta Southeast B.C. Explorer's Map (Road Map) Gem Trek

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12 Quill Peak Eric Coulthard
10 Quill Peak Vern Dewit