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Wham is the blocky pinnacle just to the east of Zowie, situated above the Andrews Creek Meadow. The rock doesn't get much traffic, so it has its share of loose rock and lichen. The main ridge of Zowie is south-facing, but the sides of the spire are shady gullies. The summit is a few pitches higher than Zowie, and provides interesting views, particularly on the descent.

To descend, rap off a threaded slings from the summit to the northwest (50m) and carefully pick your way down the talus gully between Wham and Zowie. The descent gully doesn't get much sun, so snow and ice may be encountered even when the route is dry. A second rap (25m?) is required to pass over a gigantic chockstone.

Getting There 

The approach for Wham is the same as for Zowie. Head up the Andrews Creek drainage until you break out of the forest and can see a meadow in the valley to your right. Leave the hiking trail and cross the valley, aiming for the base of Zowie. Several indistinct trails pass through the small forested cliff bands above the meadow. As you approach the base of Zowie, traverse around to the right side to the base of Wham.

Climbing Season

For the Otis Peak area.

Weather station 8.3 miles from here

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South Face 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Colorado : Alpine Rock : ... : Wham
The south face of Wham offers up some one-star climbing, but the summit is a worthwhile objective and there will be no crowds. P1: (5.0, 150 feet) Start below a large, left-facing dihedral with a wide crack. Follow a loose ramp system up and right to gain the ridge line.P2: (5.5, 150 feet) Pick the easiest line up the ridge line and belay on a large ledge system with some trees.P3a: (5.9-, 150 feet) This variation climbs the obvious, left-facing dihedral off of the ledge. This is not the stand...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Higher up, in more detail, from Zowie.
Higher up, in more detail, from Zowie.
Rock Climbing Photo: Picture taken on 6/9/02.
BETA PHOTO: Picture taken on 6/9/02.

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