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Mount Longstaff

  • 3180 m (10,434ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
53.1839N -119.345W
Located at the head of Small Creek and the head of Swiftcurrent Creek; west of Swiftcurrent Glacier

Province: BC
Park: Mount Robson
Headwater: Fraser
Ascent Date: 1916
Ascent Party: A.J. Gilmour, E.W.D. Holway
Year Named: 1911
Named by: Arthur Wheeler
Named for: Longstaff, Thomas George (A physiologist and medical doctor, Thomas Longstaff was a well travelled climber who visited the Himalaya six times and was involved in early British attempts on Mount Everest.)

Dr. Tom G. Longstaff was a widely travelled mountaineer with considerable Himalayan experience who attended the 1910 Alpine Club camp at Consolation Valley, near Lake Louise. He later wrote that he had been, "captivated by the Western Mountains." "The trail was the freest form of travel I have known. There was no need for official permits; no pathways to oppose the whim of the moment; no tribes with different languages and customs to be humoured in a dozen ways; no dusty villages to be cajoled for supplies with infinite patience. My companions, packers and hunters, spoke the same language and we were all equal."