BETA PHOTO: Blue outline- Purcell Mtns.
The Purcell Mountains are most eastern of the Interior Ranges, separated from the Canadian Rockies by the Colombia River Trench (and river). On their east side, the Purcells are bounded by another trench, seen on the road atlas by looking for the Duncan and Beaver rivers. Mount Farnham (3,493m/11,343') is the highest point, east of Invermere, BC.
The Bugaboos are the most popular. Good trails, tecnical summits, and big granite walls. Other sub-ranges, or groups, of the Purcells are The Four Squatters, Farnham Group, Commander Group, Findlay Group (granite), and Leaning Towers (granite). COLUMBIA TRENCH SPORT CRAGS
The valley containing the official headwaters of the Columbia River is mostly filled with unclimbable glacial till. But a few pieces of bedrock have been found and developed. Lakit Lake
is supposed to have some good lowland sport climbing near Cranbrook, BC.
A bit south of Cranbrook, some good sport climbing has been developed at Moyie Canyon
Up north of Spillamacheen there is supposed to be some low land cragging too.
Weather station 21.7 miles from here
41 Total Routes
['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
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The Big Hose, South Howser Tower
WI4- North America
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HISTORYJon Krakauer soloed this super-direct ice gully on his way up to do the first solo ascent of the Devils Thumb in Alaska. First done in May, but I've heard reports of later ascents.APPROACHHike in via Bugaboo-Snowpatch Col and the Vowell Neve. Use the map in the photos section below to help with planning. ROUTE DESCRIPTIONThe first pitch crosses the 'schrund. About five more to the summit. A couple of eighty-degree bulges on the lower pitches lead to a chockstone/ver...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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Climbing Pigeon with Howser behind.
Bugaboo on the North East Ridge.