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McCoubrey Route T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Quarter Life Crisis (Original East Face) T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Elevation: 9,975 ft
GPS: 49.975, -116.588 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Ken Trout on Oct 28, 2015
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HALL PEAK

INTRODUCTION
Hall Peak is the highest peak in the Leaning Towers. It was once known as the Leaning Tower. There are at least six routes on the mountain. One sub-peak, the Pulpit, has a very steep prow that pleasantly faces east.

APPROACH ROUTES
Please go to the Leaning Towers page for approach options.

NORTH RIDGE 5.6 - THE STANDARD ROUTE

The 1933 first ascent team approached the Hall-Block col from the west and then climbed slabs and snow directly to the summit.

Nowadays, climbers mostly hike via Dewar Creek. From a camp below the East Face of Hall Peak, side hill northward across unnamed glaciers found under the northeast face of Hall until the cliffs diminish (shown in photo above). After the short technical crossing of the North Ridge, the route turns back southward and climbs up the North Ridge to the 5.6 summit cliffs.

ROCK CLIMBING SUMMARY
Both the McCoubrey and North Ridge routes are described aboveand in the MP menu. Also, the original east face is posted as Quarter Life Crises, 5.10. A couple of big routes are still to be posted (so FA members, or others, can fill in details).

The inside cover of the 2015 Patagonia winter catalog has a fantastic picture of the 2013 East Face Upper Ramp, 5.9, A1, 1,700' (Ryan Leary-Evan Reimondo ACC).

The best line in the towers is now the Direct Northeast Buttress, 5.9+, 17 pitches (Matthew Moriss-Winter Ramos, 2014).

SKI DESCENTS
The McCoubrey Route, or thereabouts, has been skied several times, at least once without rappels or helicopter support (Patagonia Expedition reports, 2015).

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