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Mount Syd Watts  British Columbia   #11307
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges

Height: 1856 m -> 6089 feet
Prominence?: 571 m  
Line Parent?: Mount Albert Edward (4.3 km away, at bearing 55 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Albert Edward (4.0 km away)

Location:   49.65528,-125.48083     49:39:19, -125:28:51   10U 320947 5503260 (13 km NE of Westmin Mine). (33 km W of Cumberland). NTS Mapsheet: 092.F.11   AreaCode: EM95/GE58
Mount Syd Watts - Northeast Side
On the east side of Buttle Lake, at the head of Karst Creek; the Oyster River begins on the N slopes of this summit, and just W of Augerpoint Mtn. Ralph Lake is to the ESE down 900m or so of bluffs. There's a radio transmitter on the summit.

Name Notes: This peak is named for Syd Watts (1927-2013). Syd was well known on Vancouver Island for a long time as a naturalist, and champion of natural places. Adopted 29 March 2010 on 92F/11, as endorsed by Strathcona Parks; this is an extremely well-established name, identified in Hiking Trails III and similar climbing guidebooks since 1975, and is routinely used by Strathcona Park staff and visitors. Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Syd's first trip into Strathcona was in 1949, a fly in trip to Muchalat Lake and hiked out via Gold and Elk River Valley to Upper Campbell Lake. This gave Syd his first view of Buttle Lake, which was before it was flooded. Another hike of special interest was in 1952 when Syd went on a trip to Comox Glacier with, among others, the well known climbers and outdoors people Ruth Masters and Sid Williams. At this point he joined the Outdoors Club of Victoria and the Victoria Section of the Alpine Club of Canada. Syd led many trips with these groups. In 1958 Syd and Harry Winstone formed the Island Mountain Ramblers, a hiking group which had an Island focus. From 1958 to 1964 Syd, Jack Ware and Don Apps explored all the high ridge routes in Strathcona Park. Syd then documented these trails for the guide Hiking Trails 3. In 1959 Syd led the first post war trip to the Golden Hinde. Starting in 1965 he began the project of planning and building the Marble Meadows Trail which involved leading work parties until 1970. Syd was also involved in other trail building projects throughout the Park. It was in 1970 on a weeklong trip with Jack Shark that Syd and Emily climbed [Syd Watts Peak] for the first time.

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13 Mount Syd Watts above Ralph Lake David Campbell
9 Syd Watts and Sid Williams David Campbell
5 Mount Syd Watts - Northeast Side Fred Touche

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7 Mount Syd Watts and Mount Sid Williams - Northwest Side Fred Touche