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
42 Total Routes
['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Wiessner's Route (aka SE Corner) 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b North America
: ... : Snowpatch Spire
INTRODUCTIONIn the late 1930's, Snowpatch Spire was "talked of as the continents number one climbing problem." After Snowpatch Spire was ticked, only one major peak remained unclimbed, South Howser Tower. Fritz Wiessner, 1938, made the best attempt before Bedayn and Arnold's success. After the highest attempt yet, Wiessner is famous for saying it would be: "...merely an affair of driving iron in the virgin rock!" (The 2010 movie, North Face, about the Eiger in 1936, is accurate...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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Climbing Pigeon with Howser behind.
Bugaboo on the North East Ridge.