Crescent Spire Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Route beta for crescent tower
The Crescent Spire is located to the north of the Applebee campground between the Bugaboo Spire to the west and the Crescent Towers to the east. It has numerous 5 to 6 pitch 5.10's with McTech Arete and Paddle Flake being the most popular by far. Due to it's easy approach, short routes and bolted rap anchors (which you only need one 60m rope for) it makes a perfect crag for mediocre weather or rest days.
If approaching from the Kain hut the best option is to head toward the Bugaboo-Snowpatch Col but turn right before you get to the col and follow the Crescent Glacier to the spire.
From the Applebee campground walk toward the east side of camp and look for a trail that climbs north onto the moraine. Follow the trail around the west side of the first lake you come to and around the east side of the second lake. Then straight north up the Crescent Glacier.
Weather station 4.1 miles from here
8 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Crescent Spire
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Crescent Spire:
McTech Arete 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 500'
McTech Roof 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 500'
Featured Route For Crescent Spire
Paddle Flake 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b North America
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Essentially a variation of the first 3 pitches of Paddle Flake direct, the original indirect Paddle Flake route is an excellent route, and is arguably better than the crowded McTech Arete.Having said that, I thought the route description in the guidebook was just a bit off. Hopefully the following description is a bit more accurate. Grades and pitch lengths are only estimates. P1: 5.9, 50m. Start well right of the main corner, and follow broken cracks up through a tricky wide section. Keep follo...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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Leading the second pitch of McTech Arete.
Andrew G. loving the perfect hands on the McTech
Approaching Crescent Spire.
BETA PHOTO: Crescent Spire south face.