Climbers survey peaks with plane table. Photo BCMC Archives 59-48.

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Surveying Mountain Peaks

Early mountaineers, some of them surveyors, made considerable effort to map mountains in popular areas. The man in front used a plane table, mounted on a tripod, to record the direction of other peaks in the area; he determined elevations with an aneroid barometer. The men behind are constructing a cairn. Recordings from this “station” would be triangulated with others to produce a final map.

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