Barbeau Peak
Barbeau Peak, Nunavut.jpg
Barbeau Peak as seen from its eastern side
Highest point
Elevation2,616 m (8,583 ft)[1]
Prominence2,616 m (8,583 ft)[1]
Coordinates81°55′36″N 74°59′12″W / 81.92667°N 74.98667°W / 81.92667; -74.98667Coordinates: 81°55′36″N 74°59′12″W / 81.92667°N 74.98667°W / 81.92667; -74.98667[1]
Barbeau Peak is located in Nunavut
Barbeau Peak
Barbeau Peak
Location in northern Nunavut, Canada
LocationEllesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada
Parent rangeBritish Empire Range
Topo mapNTS 340D15 (untitled)
First ascentJune 5, 1967
Easiest routebasic snow climb

Barbeau Peak is a mountain in Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut, Canada. Located on Ellesmere Island within Quttinirpaaq National Park, it is the highest mountain in Nunavut and the Canadian Arctic. The mountain was named in 1969 after Marius Barbeau, a Canadian anthropologist whose research into First Nations and Inuit cultures gained him international acclaim.[2]

Barbeau Peak in 2002
Barbeau Peak in 2002

Barbeau Peak is characterized by deep and long crevasses, razor thin ridges and highly variable and volatile weather.

Barbeau Peak is the highest mountain within the British Empire Range as well as the Arctic Cordillera, as well as in all of eastern North America.

Barbeau Peak was first climbed on 7 June 1967 by British geologist/glaciologist Geoffrey Hattersley-Smith as part of a joint Defence Research Board/Royal Air Force field party. The party both named the peak and determined its height.

The second ascent was by an eight-man American team in June 1982 (Errington, Trafton AAC 1983) via the north ridge. Subsequent ascents have been made in 1992, 1998, 2000 and 2002, though as of 2006 only seven successful summits have been attained.

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  1. ^ a b c "Yukon Northwest Territories and Ninavut Ultra-Prominences" Retrieved 2011-12-06.
  2. ^ "Nunavut - Barbeau Peak". The Summits of Canada. Archived from the original on 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2007-07-09.