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THE UNKNOWN MOUNTAIN (Mount Waddington) Don Munday 1948 1st ed Hardcover DJ Very Good
By Munday, Don
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London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1948, 1st edition. 268 pp, 39 b/w photos. Blue cloth hardcover with the usual faded spine and chipped dust jacket. Very Good overall.

Munday and his wife, Phyllis, made numerous attempts on Mt Waddington in British Columbia. This is the principal work on Waddington.  

Located in southwestern British Columbia, at the head of Bute and Knight Inlets. (74 km SW of Tatla Lake). This peak is #3 on the Height List for British Columbia. This peak is #2 in Prominence List for British Columbia.

Mount Waddington is the highest peak in the Coast Range and the third highest major prominence peak in British Columbia. It's a technically demanding peak with a dramatic summit pinnacle. The mountain receives a substantial amount of snow from Pacific storms, especially in the winter months, and is surrounded by impressive glaciers. Most parties use aircraft to access the mountain. Ski approaches from Scar Creek, the Klinaklini Valley, or the toe of the Franklin Glacier have also been done.

History: The mountain was unknown until first sighted by Don and Phyllis Munday while on a climbing trip on Vancouver Island in the early 1930's. For the next decade they mounted several expeditions to the area of the mountain, approaching from the head of Knight Inlet via the Franklin Glacier. Between 1926 and 1934, they led several expeditions to the mountain. They successfully reached its lower northwest summit in 1928, but decided that the main summit was too risky. In 1948, Don Munday published the book The Unknown Mountain, documenting the couple's Mount Waddington challenges and adventures.

Ascents: The first ascent was in 1936 by Fritz Weissner and Bill House; 

in 1942 by the Beckey brothers Fred and Helmy; 

in 1950 by Cook, DeSaussure, Long and Huston, 

and by Steck and Bettler. All these were Americans. 

The first Canadian team was Aldolf Bitterlich (Alberni), Ulf Bitterlich, Arno Meier (Campbell River), John Owen (Vancouver), and Christian Schiel. First Canadian Ascent.

Name Notes: The mountain was originally referred to by the Mundays as 'Mystery Mountain' but that name was not adopted by the Geographic Board of Canada. It was eventually named 'Mount Waddington' by the Geographic Board of Canada after Alfred Waddington. Alfred Waddington promoted the dream of a transcontinental railway from 1858 to 1872, via the Homathko River and Bute Inlet.


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