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Gravelines Peak (Peak 8429)  British Columbia   #7672
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges

Height: 2581 m -> 8468 feet
Prominence?: 720 m  
Line Parent?: Peak FD3 (11.6 km away, at bearing 272 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Sir Francis Drake (15.0 km away)

Location:   50.78389,-124.57722     50:47:02, -124:34:38   10U 388816 5626979 (90 km N of Lund). NTS Mapsheet: 092.K.15   AreaCode: FM04/HF87
First Ascent: 1984 John Clarke; John Baldwin
Located between This peak is itself is a steep rocky horn with three main ridges: The north ridge, SW ridge, and East ridge. On the 1:50,000 map it is marked with a spot height of 8429 feet. The glacier in the bowl between the N and E ridge drains directly into the Southgate River. The SW ridge is a long ridge dividing the Orford River from the Southgate River. There are three large lakes just 3 km S of the peak.

Name Notes: Named after the Battle of Gravelines in 1588, in which the Spanish Armada was scattered by a fireship attack. (named according to the Spanish Armada theme of the area). The Armada was anchored at Gravelines in 1588 when the English set gunpowder loaded fireships drifting toward them. This scattered the fleet, and then the British were able to destroy it with gunnery. They carefully avoided getting close enough for boarding parties. Many of the peaks in this area are names relating to the time of Sir Francis Drake, who circumnavigated the globe in 1577, and later fought the Spanish Armada.

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2004.01.01 Proof from old Mtn record field Drew Brayshaw

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