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Mount Ratz  British Columbia   #3100
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Boundary Ranges / Stikine Icecap

Height: 3090 m -> 10138 feet
Prominence?: 2430 m above Hyland Ranch Pass
Line Parent?: Little Debbie Peak (356.1 km away, at bearing 303 degrees)
Greater Parent: Fairweather Mountain (349.0 km away)

Location:   57.39305,-132.30305     57:23:35, -132:18:11   8V 662077 6364355 (75 km NE of Petersburg). NTS Mapsheet: 104.F.08   AreaCode: FN72/DD90
First Ascent: Sunday August 09, 1964 Fred Beckey, Dan Davis
Mount Ratz from the East
This peak is #8 in Prominence List for British Columbia .Located just west of the Stikine River, about 5 km east of the BC-Alaska border. This peak is totally surrounded by an almost continuous icefield which extends over 100 km north-south, from the Stikine River to the Whiting River.

First Ascent Info: See AAJ 1965, p.320-232

Name Notes: The name was adopted in March 1924, after being submitted by J. D. Craig of the international boundary commission. Mount Ratz is named for William F. Ratz, Dominion Land Surveyor and engineer-in-charge of surveying the Taku, Whiting and Stikine Rivers, who died on February 6, 1909 at age 25.

"I regret to have to record the death of Mr. W.F. Ratz which occurred in Ottawa on February 6. Mr. Ratz had been employed on the Alaska survey since 1905. He carried out demarcation of the line at [Tsirku] river (Chilkat district), and in part between Taku inlet and Whiting river. During the last two years he was engaged on the topographical survey between Whiting and Stikine rivers, not the least difficult section of a very difficult survey. His success in carrying this to completion in a relatively short time is a testimony of his capability as a surveyor as well as to his personal energy. His death, at the early age of 25, is a serious loss to the profession and to the public service." Report of the Chief Astronomer to the Deputy Minister of the Interior, Canada, for the year ending March 31, 1909, p.17; republished in Report of the International Boundary Commission, 1952, footnote p.79.[2]

1. South Face (1964.08.09) Fred Becky, Don Davis. Route was up a maze of gulleys on the south face.
2. Northeast Face Steep ice with ice tools. The northeast face is a shining 2,000-foot sheet of 60 to 70 degree ice, approached via a broken glacier and a 1,500-foot couloir.

Trips within 1 km

2004.07.12 revised Hyland Ranch pass elevation (back to 660) Mike Cleven
2004.07.06 Mistake in Height of Hyland Ranch Robin Tivy
2004.03.06 Hyland Ranch not Rose Lake (Forestdale) Mike Cleven

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
25 Mount Ratz from the East John Scurlock
14 Ratz, Northeast Face from Air John Scurlock
11 Ratz, Northwest Face John Scurlock
8 Ratz, Mussell, Noel, and Triumph Glacier View SW John Scurlock
7 Mount Ratz John Scurlock