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Looking west to the northeast ridge of Bucephalus Peak (summit just hidden behind north end of Holloway Rock) (courtesy Don Beers)

Bucephalus Peak

  • 3130 m (10270ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
52.8222N -118.444W
Located in Rockingham Creek Valley 1.5 km southeast of Mount Fitzwilliam

Province: BC
Park: Mount Robson
Headwater: Fraser
Ascent Date: 1917
Ascent Party: Interprovincial Boundary Commission
Year Named: 1863
Named by: Walter Cheadle
Named for: Bucephalus was the name of a horse which Dr. Cheadle rode through the Rockies in 1863. The original "Bucephalus" belonged to Alexander the Great and is said to have had a royal funeral after dying of his wounds at the age of thirty.

In the book describing their journey across Canada in 1862, "The North-West Passage by Land," William Fitzwilliam (Viscount Milton) and Walter Cheadle describe the horses that they acquired at Fort Garry, Manitoba for their trip. Much is made of Bucephalus, Cheadle's horse: "Cheadle's horse was, however, the most extraordinary-looking animal in the whole cavalcade. Bucephalus stood about fifteen hands, was straight in the shoulder, one of his legs was malformed and crooked, his head was very large, and his tail very long. On the road he was continually stumbling; and when Cheadle rode him about the settlement, he was at first nearly pitched over every gate and fence he came to. When the horse caught sight of one, he made for it, and suddenly stopping, stood stock-still, as a hint for his rider to dismount and tie him up -an illustration of the gossiping habits of his late owner. But he turned out the most useful horse of the whole number, galloping over the roughest ground after buffalo without ever making a mistake, or giving his rider a fall, and eventually carried packs over the mountains into British Columbia.?