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Howser Towers Rock Climbing 

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The tallest of all the Bugaboo Spires the Howser Towers boast the biggest and some of the hardest climbs in the park. The east and northeast faces contain more alpine mountaineering routes than pure rock routes and see little action. The west face on the other hand challenges climbers with routes up to 3000' tall and as hard as 5.12, and or A4. These towers can be a much more serious undertaking due to their longer approach, the size of the routes, elevation, exposure and bergshrunds.

For those planning to climb a few routes on the Howsers, the East Creek Basin Bivy site is a good option. It is located just to the southwest of South Howser Tower giving close access to the South and Central Towers.

Getting There 

There are three different approaches to the Howser Towers depending on where your trying to get to. For the east and northeast faces approach via the Upper Vowel Glacier. To get to the west face of the North Tower take the North Shoulder Col. And for the west face of South and Central Towers use the East Creek approach.

Climbing Season

For the Columbia Mountains area.

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Howser Towers

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Howser Towers:
Beckey-Chouinard   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 15 pitches, 2000'   South Howser Tower
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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the corner and the wall to the belay ...

All Along the Watchtower 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c C2- R  North America : Canada : ... : North Howser Tower
The route is s serious undertaking and was cutting edge at the time of ist F.A. It ascends a prominent line up the left side of the west face. Start from ledges where the lower wall sticks furthest into the glacier.P1-P9 Mostly 5.9 and 5.10, following cracks and dihedrals up the lower angle portion of the wall. The second will probably have to carry the bag in this section. There are very few substantial ledges here.P10-p13 The climbing starts traversing slightly to the north and angling for th...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: center and south howser with the BC route in view.
center and south howser with the BC route in view.
Rock Climbing Photo:  lookin up at the BC route. sep 24 2010
lookin up at the BC route. sep 24 2010
Rock Climbing Photo: Another different view - Howser Towers from the Vo...
Another different view - Howser Towers from the Vo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Different perspective on the ol' Howsers
Different perspective on the ol' Howsers
Rock Climbing Photo: East side of Howser Towers.
East side of Howser Towers.

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By tbol
From: a Toyota Tacoma
Aug 10, 2015
Some friends and I installed TR anchors near the East Creek Bivy Site. After spending a week in snow (mid July!) we needed an outlet. With a 70m rope you can easily top rope about 8 pitches up to mid 5.11, including a 10- hand/fist crack that can be lead on gear off the prominent ledge. Other friends also established a few single pitch gear routes beneath the ridge on Beckey-Chouinard, facing camp. These routes share one anchor, whereas there are two anchors for the other routes adjacent to camp.

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