Climber Seek to Name Kyrgyzstan Fourteener for Scout Killed at Jamboree

The Anchorage Daily News reports the Harvard Mountaineering Climb is seeking to name a 14,495 foot peak in Central Asia Mount Powell for Scott Powell, one of four Boy Scout leaders from Alaska who died in an electrical accident at a National Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia in July.

Corey Rennell and seven fellow members of the Harvard Mountaineering Club in August summited a clutch of peaks between 14,600 and 15,900 feet high. Members of the team made nine first ascents in the Borkoldoy Range of east Kyrgyzstan, near the Chinese border, the club reports.

Their names for the peaks are not yet official, but the club believes they will be accepted, certainly by the international climbing community and probably by Kyrgyzstan, said club president Lucas Laursen.

So now there’s a mountain named Peak Harvard and another named Peak Adventure. There are mountains named Peak Freja and Peak Kelly and one called Peak of Theoretical Physics.

Rennell named a 14,945-footer for Powell on Aug. 13.

Powell, who was 57, had lived in Chugiak until moving to Ohio last year. He had been a scoutmaster to Rennell, who first met him at age 11 and went on to become an Eagle Scout and camp counselor.


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