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Name History (Mt. Columbia)



Title: Naming of Mt. Columbia

Entered by: 14erFred

Added: 05/17/2010, Last Updated: 05/17/2010

Sources: Borneman, W.R., & Lampert, L.J. (1978). A climbing guide to Colorado's Fourteeners. Boulder, CO: Pruett Publishing Company. Eberhart, P., & Schmuck, P. (1970). The Fourteeners: Colorado's great mountains. Chicago: The Swallow Press. Hart, J.L.J. (1977). Fourteen thousand feet: A history of the naming and early ascents of the high Colorado peaks (Second Edition). Denver, CO: The Colorado Mountain Club.

This mountain is one of a group of five Collegiate Peak 14ers in the south central Sawatch Range of the Colorado Rockies that also includes Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Oxford. After completing its first recorded ascent to install a bronze summit register in 1916, Roger Toll (1883-1936), a prominent pioneering member of the Colorado Mountain Club, named this Collegiate Peak 14er "Mt. Columbia" in honor of the famous Ivy League university, from which he graduated in 1906 with a degree in civil engineering, and in keeping with the tradition of naming the Collegiate Peak 14ers after famous universities.
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