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The CMH World: So Wild That Much Hasn't Been Named

Posted by Topher Donahue on Thu, Sep 29, 2011

It’s hard to believe, but there are more summits without names than named peaks in the areas of the Canadian Rockies where CMH Summer Adventures take place.  This isn’t because Canadians don’t like to name their peaks.  It’s because Western Canada has so many peaks that naming each one is a nearly impossible task. 

Since CMH guests and guides are the only people who see much of the terrain, and CMH needed ways to differentiate summits, CMH has given names to some of the unnamed peaks.  Some were named to help with logistics in the winter heliski program, and others were named during the development of the CMH Summer Adventures heli-hiking and mountaineering program. 

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So while CMH uses peak names to communicate logistics between pilots and guides, there is far more significance than just logistics in adventure travel to an area so remote that many of the mountains have yet to be named.

Think about it – just a few hours drive from the Calgary International Airport, on the western side of the backbone of the Rockies, is a mountain range that is largely the exclusive domain of just a few people.  

Imagine visiting France and having Mt. Blanc to your self. 

Imagine going to Yosemite and Yosemite Falls being entirely unnamed.

Imagine going to Arches National Park and going to Delicate Arch and seeing no sign of a trail, no foot prints, and no road.

Imagine going home from these places and showing your family and friends photos of a world-class destination they had never seen in a magazine, online, or on a license plate. 

Photo of celebrating another unnamed summit in CMH Bobbie Burns.

Tags: Adventure Travel, heli-hiking, Canadian Rockies, CMH Bobbie Burns