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Young Warrior 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a A3

Type:  Trad, Aid, Alpine, 3000', Grade VI
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a A3 [details]
FA: Dave Russel, Chris Harkness
New Route: Yes
Season: summer
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Submitted By: chris harkness on Jul 12, 2008

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red is line of ascent. yellow is the descent.


After failing on an attempt to climb an undone column system on the right side of N. Howser, we settled for what appeared to be an unclimbed line to the right of "Warrior" (Burton, Sutton). After talking to Hugh Burton and Marc Piche, we are still unsure how much of this route is shared with "Warrior". Nonetheless, this climb was nothing short of an epic. Check out the following link for the full story:


W. face of N. Howser tower. We approached via the East Creek Basin rappels. I would not recommend it. It was a lot of work. Perhaps skirting around the north side of the massif, though longer, would be less arduous. We descended the West face, though I believe most people descend the East face.


Standard trad/aid rack. We put in a rappel route down the entire West face which follows this route. (Warning: some raps are more than 60 meters) First set of anchors can be found where the ridge scrambling begins, near the top out of "All along the Watchtower" and the other routes on the left side of the wall.

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