Ellingwood Point Group

Name History (Ellingwood Point)

Title: Naming of Ellingwood Point

Entered by: 14erFred

Added: 05/14/2010, Last Updated: 05/14/2010

Sources: Borneman, W.R., & Lampert, L.J. (1978). A climbing guide to Colorado's Fourteeners. Boulder, CO: Pruett Publishing Company.

This summit was named for Albert R. Ellingwood, a pioneering member of the Colorado Mountain Club who was among the first to climb all of Colorado's 14ers. Ellingwood was born in Iowa in 1888, attended high school in Colorado Springs, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to England's Oxford University, where he learned the skills of technical rock climbing. He was a professor of political science at Colorado College (Colorado Springs), at Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, IL), and Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). He was an Assistant Dean at Northwestern University until his death in 1934.

Ellingwood made numerous first ascents in Colorado, including those of Kit Carson Peak, Crestone Needle, and Crestone Peak, the last of Colorado's 14ers to be climbed (in July 1916). He also made the first ascent of Lizard Head, Middle Teton, and South Teton, as well as the third ascent of the Grand Teton. In addition, he made the first ascent of Ellingwood Arete on the northeast face of Crestone Needle. Ellingwood Ridge, the spectacular Northwest Ridge of La Plata Peak, was also named for Albert Ellingwood, who made its first ascent solo in 1921.

Name History (Little Bear Peak)

Title: Naming of Little Bear Peak

Entered by: 14erFred

Added: 05/14/2010, Last Updated: 05/14/2010

Sources: 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.

Until 1916, Little Bear was known as "West Peak," because of its location just west of Blanca Peak. The mountain's official name was taken from a creek and lake on its west slopes.

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