5.8 1000m (IV)
One of the easier routes up the east face of Mt. Colonel Foster. Start up the narrow toe of the NW buttress between two snow gullies. Scrambled 600m (4th to low 5th) up the buttress crest to the left side of a large obvious treed ledge. The 50 m long ledge is at an elevation of 1600m and is easily seen from foster lake. Walk to the right end and with a few steep moves trend up and then left back to a small shallow gully. Climb gully walls to ridge crest. Continue up beautiful ridge crest until the rock steepens. Climb left and back up very textured rock to the ridge and to the base of the white pinnacle. Climb left under the pinnacle and around the corner; traverse the steep slab to a easy comer (5.8, 50m, good gear). Climb easy corner back to ridge crest. 50m more of scrambling to NW summit. We used the ropes for about the last 100m of climbing. The rock was very solid and clean except near the loose NW summit. The whole route would have taken pretty good gear.
FA: John Waters & Renee Monjo, Aug 4, 2003
scramble low 5th class rock north. down climb and rap north gully towards North Tower.
Submitted by: giza on 2008-04-24
Route ID: 74291