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Routes in Snowpatch Spire

Buckingham Route (easy version) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bugaboo Corner T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1
Flamingo Fling T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Furry Pink Arete T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Kraus-McCarthy T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Minotaur Direct T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Snowpatch Route (aka SE Corner/Wiessner's Route) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Southwest Ridge - Direct Finish T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sunshine Crack T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Sunshine Wall T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R
Super Direct T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Surfs Up T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Warrior Way T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A2
Wildflowers T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Wile Flowers T 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a R
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Type: Trad, Alpine, 900 ft, 8 pitches, Grade IV
FA: B. Dougherty, Art Higbee, August 1974
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Shared By: Steven Lucarelli on Oct 5, 2006
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Description [Suggest Change]

This is a great route with fun sustained climbing but I give it two stars because the rocks not as clean as some of the more popular routes. But if your looking for a moderate route with no one else on it that's not to far from camp, this might be it. (Note: it's easy to stretch out the pitches described below to go faster as the route pretty much goes straight up with no traversing).

P1/2: Climb up some lichen covered blocks following cracks and flakes to a right facing dihedral, belay here or continue up to the bottom of the large left facing dihedral above and belay. (5.7/8)

P3: Follow the large dihedral with some wider jamming to a belay stance. (5.9)

P4: Continue up the dihedral to another belay. (5.9)

P5: Step right and continue up the main dihedral with more stemming and jamming. (5.9)

P6: Follow thinner cracks and flakes to a large ledge on the arete and belay. (5.9)

P7: Climb a shorter pitch up a crack to the right of the arete. (5.7)

P8: Follow awkward flaring cracks and grooves to the summit ridge and belay. (5.9)

To descend scramble south from the summit and look for a bolt anchor on the west face. These rappels only require one 60m rope with bolt anchors all the way down.

Location [Suggest Change]

Wildflowers is located on the west face of Snowpatch which is accessed via the Bugaboo-Snowpatch Col. The start of the route lies almost directly below the south summit and follows a large left facing dihedral. Begin on a ledge about 200' below the dihedral.

Protection [Suggest Change]

Standard rack of nuts and cams up to 3" should suffice.


Tim Banfield
Calgary, Alberta
Tim Banfield   Calgary, Alberta
Have you gone down the west face with only a 60m rope? Re rapped it last week and were right at the ends on a 70m rope on the 4th rap I think. Are there other stations than the 'main' stations on the descent?

Tim Aug 14, 2012

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