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Old 05-20-2018, 10:26 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Kevin7 View Post
It is true, as you say, that "The whole shebang is called Rocky Peak Ridge". But in saying this, you are implicitly acknowledging that the peak of that whole shebang must be "Rocky Peak Ridge Peak".
Nope. The mountain's name, which implicitly includes its tallest point, is Rocky Peak Ridge or, as many 46ers abbreviate it, RPR. I've yet to hear a 46er call it Rocky Peak Ridge Peak (I urge you to read page 431).

The peak does require an identifier separate from the long ridge on which it stands.
If you examine the conventions used for naming mountains, and their related features, you'll discover there's no such requirement.

The English language is fairly lax on this point. A summit's name need not bear the 'honorific' of Mount or Peak (i.e. Grand Teton, Matterhorn and K2) and it may include some aspect of its topography. For example, there's Clingmans Dome in the Smokies. The highest point of Clingmans Dome is not Clingmans Peak (or Clingmans Dome Peak or Mount Clingmans Dome).

In RPR's case, its long rocky ridge is a distinctive feature (as far as Adirondack mountain topography goes) and contributes to its name.

BTW, you only have to look at the names employed in the Soda Range (north of Hurricane) to appreciate the fact there are few hard and fast rules when it comes to naming consistency. "Oak Ridge" applies to a summit (a hill) and something that barely qualifies as a ridge.

Farther north you have Silver Lake Mountains and Potter Mountains which refer to a few non-descript knobs along a precipitous drop that would best be described as a ridge (but it's not).
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