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west face approach -

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  Difficulty 5.10a
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure 5.00/5
  Rock Quality 5.00/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 5.00/5


The best approache to the west face is via East Creek Basin. Go down the Pigeon-Howser col to East Creek bassin, follow the same approach as the Beckey/Chouinard until possible to get on the Central Howser tower Glacier. (crampon recomended since the snow is almost always rock hard). Head west until you reach the ridge line of the spur that extends from the central tower. There is a cairn roughly a 100 to 200m downhill along this ridge. From this cairn scramble down the west side over 3 rd class rock until another cairn is reached. From here four 60 m raps (bolted) reaches a small glacier., a short 10-15 minute walk brings one to the base of the west face. Caution must be taken crossing the slope since the Central Tower can send debris. Escape from the base is only possible around the west side of the spire (around the back side)

Submitted by: ulysse on 2005-09-15
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  Difficulty 5.10a
  Safety Rating PG13
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: bneumann on 2003-08-02 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Beckey Chouinard

Magnificent "White" Granite! A true "classic"

Added: 2007-12-02