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Holloway Rock from the West # 11699

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Date: 2008.07.19
Vantage Point: Fitzwilliam Basin

Caption: Holloway Rock is an outlier of Frontier Peak.

PhotoDescr: A group from the Grant MacEwan Mountain Club backpacked into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Camp via the Mount Fitzwilliam Trail from Yellowhead Lake, where we camped for two nights. On the day between, four of us strolled the meadows, forest, and lakes of the Fitzwilliam Basin, where we looked back at Holloway Rock.

This big chunk of mountain has the official name of Holloway Rock. (Interestingly, there is also a shoal off the coast of Newfoundland called Holloway Rock.) J. H. Holloway was commissioner on the Alberta-British Columbia boundary survey after 1949, according to The Canadian Geographical Names Database, gives the approval date as 1951. But the BCGNIS database tells a different story, saying the name was adopted by the Geographic Board of Canada in 1919 from a label on a 1917 BC-Alberta Boundary sheet, explaining that "The word 'holloway' means lying in a hollow. This mountain is described as lying in a deep, pocketed valley encircled by surrounding peaks."

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