Oct 8, 2019
middle of nowhere, southern…
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I was just at the peak naming ceremony for Mount Fowler and Mount Boskoff on Wilson Mesa. Apparently it is not legal to name a peak for a person in a wilderness area. It took Charlie's buddy Steve Johnson over a decade (and an act of Congress!)
Can somebody suggest a beautiful unnamed summit in northern Utah (Jeff's birthplace) not in wilderness, and maybe post a photo?
I don' think the problem is that it "is not legal to name a peak for a person in a wilderness area." Rather, the problem is that the US Board of Geographic Names will not approve any name for an unnamed feature in a wilderness area without a showing of an "overriding need" to name the unnamed feature. As I understand the USBGN's application of that policy, honoring an individual is not an overriding need.
There is also a USBGN policy against naming a feature for an individual until the intended honoree has been dead for five years, so an application (even if for a feature outside of a wilderness area) wouldn't even be considered before 2023.