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Andrews' Tower, North Face
Avg: 3 from 1 vote
|Type:||Trad, Mixed, Snow, Alpine, 800 ft, 5 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Dougald MacDonald & Greg Sievers|
|Page Views:||2,175 total · 20/month|
|Shared By:||Greg Sievers on Apr 1, 2009|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionFrom the rocky ground that separates the lower snowfield and Andrews Glacier (adjacent to Tarn Lake), turn south and scramble up a few hundred vertical feet.
We dropped packs on the eastern edge of the gully (that comprises most of this route).
P1 - climb mixed snow/rock for 200', M3-4.
P2 - we stepped right and climbed a very steep and sustained corner (M5). After 60' traverse back left, and climb the upper chimney.
P3 - very steep snow and M4 terrain, up under the cornice/pillow. At the headwall, we took a hard left to the arete.
P4 - turn right on the ridge - mostly snow. Connect the dots to the Col.
P5 - traverse due west along a very awkward rock ledge and then up (5.3) to the summit block.
LocationThis 'tower' lays immediately south of Andrews Glacier just above Tarn Lake.
To descend: downclimb the east snowfields (Alpine snow III) or hike/climb south along the apex of the ridge to the Continental Divide - turn right and retreat by the north snowfield down to the Tarn, or go to Andrews Glacier and then back to the base, and your stash.
I think our descent route on the east-facing snowfields would make a superb spring climb of a very moderate nature, on good styrofoam (if you climb it in the afternoon or a cold cloudy day), and you'll enjoy a really beautiful tower type summit.