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Highest unnamed peak in US to be named "Stevens?"

by chugach mtn boy » Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:55 am

Senator Lisa Murkowski is pushing legislation to require the US Board of Geographic Names to name Peak 13,895 (the south summit of Mt. Hunter) "Stevens Peak," after the late Senator Ted Stevens. 13,895 is the highest unnamed peak in Alaska with over 1000 feet of prominence. My question is whether it's the highest unnamed peak in the US as a whole with that much prominence--I'm thinking it is. Does anyone know for sure?

The peak is "S" in this AAJ photo:
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Details of the naming here:
http://www.newsminer.com/view/full_story/9578657/article-Murkowski-names-Alaska-mountain--ice-field-after-Sen--Stevens?instance=home_news_window_left_bullets

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by mrchad9 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:00 am

Hmmm... So they have a peak officially named McKinley that everyone refers to as Denali.

I guess now they will have a Stevens Peak that folks can call Mount Corrupt Douchebag.

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by rlshattuck » Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:32 am

seems like we ought to start an SP petition . . . gotta be someone out there that's not a politician or associated with murkowski . . . or wait, Palin Peak . . . that's got a nice ring to it.

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by Teresa Gergen » Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:14 pm

"South Hunter" is the highest 13er in AK:
http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/AK/Select.php?R=13

The unnamed peaks over 14000 ft with at least 280 ft of prominence in AK show up on this list:
http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/AK/Select.php?R=14
None of the unnamed ones, or unofficially named ones (names in quotes), have that much prominence.

The highest unnamed peak in the Contiguous US with at least 300 ft of prominence is 13962, near North Palisade in the Sierras and erroneously marked Polemonium on older maps, but it doesn't have that much prominence:

http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/US1000Select.php

http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/Climbers.php?Id=32249

HI doesn't have anything that high. So I think you're correct, although I'm not sure where the 13895 elevation comes from. Without being familiar with AK, the south summit of Hunter looks like it's 13966:
http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/Climbers.php?Id=32780
Click on the map to get more detail.

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by chugach mtn boy » Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:13 pm

Teresa Gergen wrote:" So I think you're correct, although I'm not sure where the 13895 elevation comes from. Without being familiar with AK, the south summit of Hunter looks like it's 13966:
http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/Climbers.php?Id=32780
Click on the map to get more detail.


Thanks. Yes, I've seen the 13966 figure too. I think 13895 probably comes from the Murkowski press release (and thus got into the papers). To be charitable, maybe Murkowski's staff were relying on some more recent measurement.

The names of peaks come from all kinds of interesting and dubious places. I guess Hunter itself is named for Frederick Cook's aunt ...

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by fatdad » Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:37 pm

Ooo, how about Maverick Peak, or Peak Mama Grizzly, or Mount We're All Rugged Individualists Up Here Who Don't Need the Feds As Long As We Get Our Oil Subsidies and Earmarks...? To be honest, I'm relieved Mount Reagan isn't on the short list.

Beautiful looking peak though.

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by Tanngrisnir3 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:56 pm

Fletch wrote:
fatdad wrote:To be honest, I'm relieved Mount Reagan isn't on the short list.


I miss Ron. :cry:


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by fatdad » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:11 pm

Fletch wrote:
fatdad wrote:To be honest, I'm relieved Mount Reagan isn't on the short list.


I miss Ron. :cry:


I certainly miss all those Paul Conrad cartoons written at his expense.

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by Ejnar Fjerdingstad » Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:30 pm

fatdad wrote:Ooo, how about Maverick Peak, or Peak Mama Grizzly, or Mount We're All Rugged Individualists Up Here Who Don't Need the Feds As Long As We Get Our Oil Subsidies and Earmarks...? To be honest, I'm relieved Mount Reagan isn't on the short list.

Beautiful looking peak though.


Everybody knows Reagan, who the hell is Stevens?
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by butitsadryheat » Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:06 pm

Ejnar Fjerdingstad wrote:
fatdad wrote:Ooo, how about Maverick Peak, or Peak Mama Grizzly, or Mount We're All Rugged Individualists Up Here Who Don't Need the Feds As Long As We Get Our Oil Subsidies and Earmarks...? To be honest, I'm relieved Mount Reagan isn't on the short list.

Beautiful looking peak though.


Everybody knows Reagan, who the hell is Stevens?


He was a Senator from Alaska who "brought home the bacon" so to speak. He was accused and convicted of corruption just before his last election, which he ended up losing. Afterwards, the new Obama Attorney General dropped the conviction after he found prosecutorial misconduct (favorable evidence for Stevens was withheld by the prosecutors). Oddly, the prosecutor who was being investigated fo the improprieties was just found dead. An apparent suicide. I guess they found out more misconduct, and he was gonna go down for it. Who knows.
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Re: Highest unnamed peak in US to be named "Stevens?"

by mrchad9 » Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:21 pm

A major league douche from a political party that dislikes the federal government, but wanted the feds to build a
$398 million bridge from the mainland to an island with 50 people on it... to replace the ferry that runs every 15-30 minutes.

Never got built. But Sarah Palin still used federal money ($25 million) to build a road to where the bridge would have been, even after the project was cancelled.

Don't forget that part!

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