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Hall Peak Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,975'
Location: 49.97505, -116.58811 View Map  Incorrect?
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Rock Climbing Photo: by Matthew Morriss & Winter Ramos 2014
by Matthew Morriss & Winter Ramos 2014

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.

Please go to the Leaning Towers page for approach options.
Rock Climbing Photo:  Glaciers! (blue)

Glaciers! (blue)

Rock Climbing Photo: Photo by Justin Scurlock Paint by Ryan Leary 2013 ...
Photo by Justin Scurlock
Paint by Ryan Leary 2013
Published online by AAJ 2014
Dashes added by KT

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.

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).

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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McCoubrey Route Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c  North America : Canada : ... : Hall Peak
When Mr. McCoubrey first saw the Leaning Tower, he used up a roll of film to capture the moment while cautiously balancing on a quartzite slab atop an unknown peak in the Purcells (1924). After a failed attempt the previous summer, the 1933 McCoubrey Expedition climbed the highest peak in the group.Some time after the climb, Canada changed the name Leaning Tower to Hall Peak; probably during the same era that the Interior Ranges started being called the Columbia Mountains. From a rou...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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