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Crescent Spire Rock Climbing 

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Leading the second pitch of McTech Arete.


The Crescent Spire is located to the north of the Applebee campground between the Bugaboo Spire to the west and the Crescent Towers to the east. It has numerous 5 to 6 pitch 5.10's with McTech Arete and Paddle Flake being the most popular by far. Due to it's easy approach, short routes and bolted rap anchors (which you only need one 60m rope for) it makes a perfect crag for mediocre weather or rest days.

Getting There 

If approaching from the Kain hut the best option is to head toward the Bugaboo-Snowpatch Col but turn right before you get to the col and follow the Crescent Glacier to the spire.

From the Applebee campground walk toward the east side of camp and look for a trail that climbs north onto the moraine. Follow the trail around the west side of the first lake you come to and around the east side of the second lake. Then straight north up the Crescent Glacier.

Climbing Season

For the Columbia Mountains area.

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Crescent Spire

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Crescent Spire:
McTech Arete   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 500'   
Paddle Flake Direct   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 500'   
McTech Roof   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 500'   
Energy Crisis   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches   
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Featured Route For Crescent Spire
Rock Climbing Photo: First rap off top of McTech Arete.

McTech Arete 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  North America : Canada : ... : Crescent Spire
This is another good climb that's close to camp for those days when the weathers not so good. This route is also a classic so you might have to wait in line.P1: Climb up flakes to a small corner roof, step left to another crack and continue up a short chimney to a belay on top of a pillar. (5.9) (Or just jam straight up the roof with perfect hands at 5.10)P2: This pitch is classic. Follow a finger and hand crack out left from above the belay to an alcove. Climb up through the alcove jamming...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching Crescent Spire.
Approaching Crescent Spire.
Rock Climbing Photo: Crescent Spire south face.
BETA PHOTO: Crescent Spire south face.
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew G. loving the perfect hands on the McTech
Andrew G. loving the perfect hands on the McTech
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on Energy Crisis and a 10+ roof on the le...
Climbers on Energy Crisis and a 10+ roof on the le...

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