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A Traverse of the Mountains Southwest of Chilko Lake, July 7-22, 2006.
Timestamp Free: 2020.03.29 - 05:18:07
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (16 days)
Participants: Frank Meutzner, Christian Unger, Silke Gumplinger and Peter Gumplinger (reporter)
Difficulty: 3:
A Traverse of the Mountains Southwest of Chilko Lake
"Zeit fuer Dresden" - A Traverse of the Mountains Southwest of Chilko Lake, July 7-22, 2006.

Dresden Mountain is a minor peak on the high ridge between the Goddard Glacier and Norrington Creek. The mountain's name derives indirectly from the capital city of the German federal state of Saxony. It was actually named after one of the heroic cruisers in World War I. The ship was part of the German East Asiatic squadron, five ships under the command of Vice Admiral Graf von Spee. Beside the SMS Dresden were the armoured cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau plus two more light cruisers, the SMS Leipzig and the SMS Nuernberg. The distant squadron was left to fend for itself at the outset of the war which it did by attacking British outposts and disrupting coal supplies [1].

The British sent a fleet under Rear-Admiral Cradock consisting of two armoured cruisers, the HMS Good Hope and the HMS Monmouth, the light cruiser Glasgow, a converted liner, the HMS Otranto and an old battleship, the HMS Canopus, to engage them and put an end to their marauding. They, minus the slow Canopus, caught up with the Germans on the West Coast of central Chile near the city of Coronel on November 1, 1914. Eager to attack at once Cradock soon found himself silhouetted against the setting sun while the German ships were hard to make out against the darkening shores. The flagship Good Hope was sunk along with the Monmouth. 1600 British men were dead with Cradock among them.

The Glasgow and Otranto both escaped. It wasn't long before the British navy took revenge and almost completely annihilated Admiral von Spee's squadron in the Battle of the Falkland Islands. Only the SMS Dresden escaped, chased around Cape Horn, and hiding in the fjords of Patagonia for weeks. Their time would come in the...

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