North Shore Rescue is standing firmly behind the movement to officially name the second peak of Mount Seymour named after Tim Jones.
Doug Pope, the search manager for North Shore Rescue, said Jones’ family and everyone on the team would really like to see this change.
A Facebook campaign has started to petition the provincial government to officially change the name.
Pope said the second peak of Mount Seymour does not officially have a name, so naming it after Jones would be a fitting tribute.
“That second summit gets called a lot of different names because people are confused,” said Pope.
The first peak is called Pump Peak, while the third is the true peak of Mount Seymour.
Pope said Jones led hundreds of rescues on the second summit where one of the most dangerous parts of the mountain lies on the north face.
“In the summer when it’s dry it’s reasonably easy and hikers can do it, but when it’s not it can be quite difficult,” said Pope.
“I’ve been involved in calls where Tim has saved many lives on that summit.”
The Ministry of Natural Resource Operations is responsible for naming geographical features in B.C. For personal names given to geographical features posthumously, there must be a period of two years from the date of death before a name proposal will be considered.
But Pope said he doesn’t think they should have to wait two years.
“Tim wasn’t one to follow all the rules either,” he said.
“Someone like that deserves special recognition.”
To propose a name change, contact the premier’s office, your MLA or the Geographical Names Office.
Proposals must be signed and include a complete return address and the optional inclusion of a daytime phone number or email address.
GeoBC: Base Mapping & Cadastre Section
Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
PO BOX 9375 STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA, B.C. V8W 9M2