Telluride Mountain Club Supports Historic Naming of Bridal Peak

Telluride Mountain Club Supports Historic Naming of Bridal Peak

wpf54d34e6_05_06The Telluride Mountain Club announced this week their support of a proposal to rename the unnamed peak located on the ridge between Lewis and Blue Lakes back to its original name of Bridal Peak.

Bridal Peak (proposed, but for now just Unnamed 13,510, or T11) is on the eastern rim of Bridal Veil Basin, above Telluride, Colorado.  From Google Earth it is located at Latitude 37 Degrees 52 Minutes 40.82 Seconds North/Longitude 107 Degrees 45 Minutes 57.96 Seconds West.  It is the first peak east of Columbine Pass, the pass between Bridal Veil Basin and Columbine Lake.  It is also seen on the south rim of the basin in which Blue Lake lies

The name was left off an older United States Geological Survey (USGS) map, which left the summit unnamed.

In a letter to the USGS, the Mountain Club commended Delta resident Jeff Burch for alerting the Club and community to this detail.

Returning the name to this peak is a  popular idea amongst the Telluride Mountain Club members and its board.

wpab9b8764_05_06“We have never heard of any other name being prescribed to this peak and therefore know of no conflict that this naming will cause,” said Josh Borof, who sits on the Telluride Mountain Club Board of Directors.

The USGS has made note of the Mountain Club’s support and has shared the Club’s recommendation with the Colorado Board on Geographic Names and the U.S. Forest Service; both organizations have been asked to provide comments before the U.S. Board votes on the proposal. Once the U.S. Board renders its decision, the USGS will relay the outcome to the Telluride Mountain Club.

About Telluride Mountain Club:

Its mission is to preserve public access for human powered, non mechanized activities including hiking, backcountry skiing and boarding, mountaineering, climbing and other mountain related recreation.Personal responsibility, self sufficiency and environmental stewardship are core values, as well as preserving each citizen’s right to the “Freedom of the Hills.”

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