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 Information Entries for Mt. Yale

Name History (Mt. Yale)



Title: Naming of Mt. Yale

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. The Colorado Mountain Club Foundation. (2010). The Colorado 14ers: The standard routes. Golden, CO: The Colorado Mountain Club Press.

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, Columbia, and Oxford. The first team to survey the mountain in 1869 consisted of Professor Josiah D. Whitney (for whom the highest California 14er is named) and all six students in the first graduating class of the Harvard School of Mines, of which Whitney was the head. In his survey report, Whitney named the mountain "Mt. Yale" after the university from which he had graduated 30 years earlier (Hart, 1977, p. 19). Yale was the first of the Collegiate Peaks to be named.
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