Clipper Peak British Columbia #7549
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
Height: 2368 m -> 7769 feet
Prominence?: 558 m
Line Parent?: Polacca Peak (7.2 km away, at bearing 313 degrees)
Greater Parent: Wahkash Peak (11.0 km away)
Location: 50.91856,-125.13188 50:55:07, -125:07:55 10U 350152 5642933 (19 km W of Homathko Camp). (84 km NE of Sayward). NTS Mapsheet: 092.K.14 AreaCode: FM05/JB13
First Ascent: 1976 John Clarke; NW Ridge
|Located west of the head of Bute Inlet, between the two forks of the Bear River. Yet another John Clarke solo. See CAJ'77 p 4 for the story, map p6. There is a photo on p 8 [lower left] captioned "Glaciers above the headwaters of the Bear River" which shows Peak 7700 from the NW, with point 7561 to the right.|
Name Notes: This peak is named according to the "types of ship" theme of the area. The name "clipper" is apt, since a clipper has numerous masts, and this peak has numerous subpeaks.
A clipper was a very fast multiple-masted sailing ship of the 19th century. Generally narrow for their length, limited in their bulk freight carrying capacities, and small by later 19th century standards, the clippers had a large relative sail area. "Clipper ships" were mostly products of British and American shipyards, though France, the Netherlands (the Dutch-built "Telanak", built in 1859 for the tea and passenger trade to Java) and other nations also produced a number of them. Clippers sailed all over the world, primarily on the trade routes between Britain and its colonies in the east, in the trans-Atlantic trade, and in the New York-to-San Francisco route round The Horn during the Gold Rush.
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