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Franklin Peaks  British Columbia   #822 (DE70)
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges

Height: 2870 m -> 9416 feet
Prominence?: 1130 m above White-North White Pass
Line Parent?: Temperance Peak (12.1 km away, at bearing 23 degrees)
Greater Parent ?: Mount Joffre (21.7 km away)

Location:   50.37944,-115.40556     50:22:46, -115:24:20   11U 613364 5582035 (33 km E of Fairmont Hot Springs). NTS Mapsheet: 082.J.06   AreaCode?: FL05/DE70
First Ascent: Tuesday August 12, 1997 Rick Collier, Marty Roberts
Final Approach to the Twin Summits of Franklin Peaks
"The Franklin Peaks (9490') is a twin-summit mountain"; both summits, separated by a 0.4 km ridge, are within centimetres of being the same elevation. A high peak in a rugged area west of the North White River and northeast of the Elk River. Drained to the north by Fenwick Creek.

Name Notes: Palliser gave this name in honour of Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), who led three expeditions in search of the Northwest Passage and to explore the Canadian Arctic coast. He never returned from the third . . . . (Boles, "Place Names of the Canadian Alps", 110).

1. From North White River via NE Ridge (1997.08.12) Rick Collier, Marty Roberts. Scramble. up the old logging roads that zigzag across the 2500' slope just NW of the drainage. Eventually, of course, the roads gave out, and we had some thrashing to get up onto the steep but more sparsely vegetated avalanche terrain. We soldiered on through forest, light bush, and meadows, eventually arriving at the crest of the NE ridge in about 2.5 hrs, a crest which was near timberline (7500'). We then followed the ridge on game trails to the W for 0.6 km, then a turn to the SW and down to a notch; this process of subsidiary summit and col continued for another 1.6 km or so along the ridge until we reached the base of the final massif (See Franklin Peaks). This 1400' summit cone was easily climbed on its E face diagonally to the S over scree and minor cliff bands; we reached the E summit about noon and found no cairn there.

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47 1997.08.12 First Ascent of the Franklin Peaks Rick Collier


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14 Final Approach to the Twin Summits of Franklin Peaks Rick Collier