Mount Hope

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Mount Hope
British Antarctic Territory
Mount Hope, Eternity Range, Antarctica.jpg
South face of Mount Hope, in oblique view from the east.
Range: Eternity Range
Summit: 10,626 feet 69°46’0"S, 64°34’0"W

Mount Hope is a massive mountain within the Eternity Range in northern Palmer Land, part if the British Antarctic Territory. It stands at 10,626 feet, forming the central and highest peak, Antarctic Peninsula. In December 2017 the mountain was resurveyed, which determined its height to be 10,626 feet and that it was accordingly the highest mountain in the territory, the 'Territory top' and indeed its summit is the highest point amongst all British territories. In this it exceeds Mount Jackson, which was previously believed to hold that title, by 160 feet, even though the latter's height was raised in the same survey too.[1]

Names

It was first seen from the air and named Mount Hope by Lincoln Ellsworth during his flights of 21 and 23 November 1935. This mountain is one of three major mountains in Ellsworth's Eternity Range to which he gave the names Faith, Hope, and Charity.

The November of the following year the mountain was surveyed and given the name "Mount Wakefield" by J.R. Rymill of the British Graham Land Expedition. The feature was subsequently photographed from the air by the United States Antarctic Service in September 1940, and by the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition in December 1947. A careful study of the reports, maps, and photographs of these expeditions, as well as an additional survey of the area by the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey in 1960, has led to the conclusion that Ellsworth's Mount Hope and Rymill's Mount Wakefield are synonymous. For the sake of historical continuity the name Mount Hope has been retained for this mountain, while the name 'Wakefield' has been transferred to Wakefield Highland located close north-westward).

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References

  1. 'Mt Hope installed as 'UK's highest peak'' – BBC News 11 December 2017

Antarctic Gazetteer – Mount Hope