South Howser Tower Climbing
Google Map · Climbing Area Map
|Page Views:||132,316 total · 660/month|
|Shared By:||Steven Lucarelli on Oct 10, 2006|
|Admins:||Mark Roberts, Mauricio Herrera Cuadra, Kate Lynn, Braden Batsford|
Access Issue: SNOWPATCH SPIRE ROCKFALL Details
BC Parks is aware of a rockfall incident that occurred on December 23, 2022 on the north end of Snowpatch Spire in Bugaboo Park. The natural occurring event triggered a significant deposit of rock into the glacial basin below, however no park facilities were impacted by the debris. The area involved is a popular recreation area during the operational season (July to September). With this in mind BC Parks has implemented a Closure Area (Travel Not Permitted – Section 17 (Park Act)) and a Rockfall Hazard Zone (Travel Not Recommended) in the localized incident area (February 1 – July 15, 2023) until more information becomes available.
South Howser Tower is home to the mega-classic Beckey-Chouinard which is the most traveled route by far on the Howser Towers. The west face is approximately 2000' tall with good quality rock but still only holds a handful of routes.
Of the three towers South Howser is the easiest to get to but still takes about a 2-3 hour approch from the Kain hut or Applebee campgound. All routes on the west face are accessed via the Pigeon-Howser Col. If starting from the Kain hut or Applebee campground, take the Bugaboo-Snowpatch Col up to the Upper Vowell Glacier. Walk west across the Glacier to its high point, just north of the Pigeon Spire and drop down into the Pigeon-Howser Col. Near the top of the col scramble down through some large bolders continuing down a steep loose slope till another glacier is reached. Keep heading down the glacier avoiding some large crevasses and taking the path of least resistance. As you drop farther below South Howser circle north and look for the East Creek Bivy site. From the Bivy site you should be able to see most of the Tower and the routes.
Classic Climbing Routes at South Howser Tower
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Days w Precip
Prime Climbing Season
All Photos Within South Howser TowerMost Popular · Newest · Random
More About South Howser TowerPrinter-Friendly