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Mount Ashwood  British Columbia   #1416
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges / Bonanza Range

Height: 1761 m -> 5778 feet
Prominence?: 496 m  
Line Parent?: Bonanza Peak (3.0 km away, at bearing 322 degrees)
Greater Parent: Bonanza Peak (3.0 km away)

Location:   50.30972,-126.60361     50:18:35, -126:36:13   9U 670627 5575815 (39 km SE of Alert Bay). NTS Mapsheet: 092.L.07   AreaCode: FM06/DG00
First Ascent: 1979 S. Watts, J. Gibson, R. Eppler, B. Peterson (North Pk.)1979 June 17 S. Watts, J. Gibson, G. Rushworth (South Pk.) 1976
The situation is a bit confused. I hope to be able to sort it out a bit here. The peak on the left is the one whose lat-long are given above and whose height is listed as 1761m. The peak on the right is part of the same massif and is slightly lower. Established paper BC topographical maps apply the name Mt Ashwood to the one on the right. It is possible to go to an on-line map that now applies this name to the left peak. My information is that these peaks are too close together to have different official names, so maybe it is appropriate to call them Mt Ashwood (N) (on the left in the photo) and Mt Ashwood (S) (on the right in the photo).

The following notes may also be helpful: 1. The 4th edition of the Backroad Mapbook for Vancouver Island has Mt Ashwood marked in completely the wrong place. 2.The name Bonanza Peak is unofficial and logically applied to the highest peak in the Bonanza Range, as listed under that name in the Canadian Mountain Encyclopedia (this site). However, there was a history of applying this name to the north peak of Mt Ashwood, and this is the way it appears in the Island Alpine guidebook. This is likely because John Gibson's trip report in the Island Bushwhacker of October 1979 (Vo. 7:5) suggests the name Bonanza Peak for this summit since, according to the information they had, it seemed to be the highest mountain in the Bonanza range. But the actual title of his article is " 'Bonanza Peak' Mt. Ashwood (North)" 3.Looking back to the Mt Ashwood entry in the 1986 Guide to Climbing and Hiking in Southwestern British Columbia by Bruce Fairley, one finds the height incorrect (based on old data). One finds that the statement about it being the highest in the Bonanza range turns out therefore also to be incorrect. However, the description of the first ascent is correct. 4. Syd Watts, John Gibson, and George Rushworth climbed Mt Ashwood south pk in 1976 and so discovered that the more difficult north peak looked higher, so they went back three years later and did it.

Name Notes: According to Island Alpine, it is named after Dave Ashwood, a prospector in the Tsitika region in the 1930s.

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10 Bonanza Peak and Mount Ashwood (North) Sandy Briggs

Placename Photos
4 Bonanza Range and Tsitika River through the Haze Drew Brayshaw