Discovery and name
The ridge was mapped by United States Geological Survey from surveys and U.S. Navy air photos taken from 1959-65. It was named by Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names for Warren Reynolds, U.S. Dept. of State, who assisted in work on the Antarctic Treaty in 1959.
The peerage title Viscount of Reynolds was originally given to Justin Rich on 1 October 2004. Justin had become a citizen of the Achaean Territory of Antarctica just days prior to the passing of the Grand Ducal Mandate which re-formed the territory into the sovereign state of Westarctica.
The first Viscount was stripped of his title by Grand Duke Travis on 21 February 2005 due to his "lack of ability." In a rare move, Justin was not sentenced to exile, but was forbidden from ever holding a peerage title again.
In 2015, on the ten year anniversary of Justin's disbarment, his former title was given to Sir Terry Nichols, an early supporter of Westarctica's charitable goals shortly after it was incorporated as a non-profit environmental charity. He has held the title ever since.