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Oluk Peak  British Columbia   #967
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Manatee Group

Height: 2695 m -> 8842 feet
Prominence?: 123 m  
Line Parent?: Wahoo Tower (1.1 km away, at bearing 200 degrees)
Greater Parent: Wahoo Tower (1.1 km away)

Location:   50.62059,-123.76035     50:37:14, -123:45:37   10U 446213 5607911 (21 km W of Keyhole Falls). (76 km NW of Pemberton). NTS Mapsheet: 092.J.12   AreaCode: FM03/GH26
First Ascent: 1967 John Clarke; J. Horgan
Located 900 m north of Mermaid Peak. The easiest summit route is an easy scramble via the Mermaid-Oluk col and the south ridge. The Teredo Pinnaccle on the north side of the peak is a Class 5 climb via the Oluk-Teredo col. The rock is mostly good.

Name Notes: The name "Oluk" may seem out of place in a group of alpine summits generally named after saltwater sport fish [the exceptions being Manatee and Dugong, which are large, docile water mammals of the order Sirenia]. The word "oluk" is the Chinook Jargon [Pacific Northwest trade language] term for a snake or serpent, here apparently in reference to a sea-serpent (Here is a link to a webpage giving the "Legend of the Salt-Chuck Oluk"). Given the marine-legend context of nearby Sirenia and Mermaid and the one-time belief that Dugongs and Manatees were "mermaids", and the fictional subhumans alluded to at Wahoo Tower, and the context of this name within the locality is clearer.

Trip Reports within 1 km

2004.01.01 Proof from old Mtn record field Mike Cleven

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Placename Photos
11 Manatee Group (Northeast-Labelled) Don Funk
10 Oluk and Dolphin Peaks Rick Collier
9 Upper Lillooet Valley Panorama from Salal Peak Lucas Earl
7 Manatee Range Fred Touche
6 Wahoo Tower from Oluk Alexandru Romanciuc