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Routes in Andrews Creek & The Gash

Elevation: 10,659 ft
GPS: 40.29, -105.671 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Kurt Johnson on Oct 31, 2006 with updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

This covers the area surrounding the upper Andrews Creek drainage and The Gash, starting roughly from just beyond the Cathedral Wall to the south and Zowie to the north, all the way west to Andrews Glacier and the basin that makes up The Gash to the south. While there isn't much (if any) ice here, this area is chockful of couloirs, at least 10 alone on the south face of Otis that I've never heard anything about and several more in the Gash.

L->R:

Andrews' Tower

Andrews' Tower, North Face, III 3 M5, 5p, 800'.

Sharkstooth

Northwest Gully of Sharkstooth, snow, 3p.

Forbidden Tower

Ol' Dawg Chimney, M5, 4p, 700'.

Chiropractic Couloir, snow, 8p.

Andrews Glacier

Andrews Glacier, snow, 5p, 1000'.

Otis Peak

Flour Power Couloir, WI2- steep snow, 1000'.

Adaptive Methods, III 9 WI4 M4, 4p, 800'.
The Production, IV M7 PG-13, 5p, 800'.
Brain Freeze, IV M5+, 8p, 1000'.

Zowie/Wham area

Chockstones of Unusual Size (C.O.U.S.), III M6-7, 4p, 800'.
Wham Couloir , M4, 3p, 400'.

Getting There

Head up the trail to The Loch, and about a half mile beyond you'll cross a small log bridge over a creek (Andrews Creek) immediately after which you'll see a sign for Andrews Glacier. This trail doesn't see much traffic during the snowy months, so often times it's difficult to follow (it doesn't get packed down much either, so you usually end up post-holing), but if all else fails, follow the creek. Eventually it curves around to the left and suddenly opens up to reveal the spectacular south face of Otis (including Zowie) and way off to the west, Andrews Glacier. You can't see much of The Gash from here, but it's the basin just left (south) of Andrews Glacier with the dramatic spire of Sharkstooth at its end.

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