The peak with no name

The peak with no name

Trivia question: What’s the name of the NWT’s tallest mountain?

Give up? Not a clue? Exactly! The territory’s highest peak – a 2,773-metre summit in the Ragged Range, just east of the Yukon border – doesn’t have a name.

Informally, the icy rampart is often called Mt. Nirvana, so named by climbers who first scaled it in 1965. As well, maps sometimes identify the pinnacle as Summit 2773, Summit 9027 (its height in feet), or – wait for it -- Unnamed Peak. Yet the Geographical Names Board of Canada doesn’t accept these, having ruled three decades ago that an official name must come from the Nahanni Butte Dene Band, in whose traditional territory the peak lies. 

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