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The impressive Snowpatch Spire is the most obvious spire when entering the Bugaboo's. It stands just to the west of Applebee campground and is host to over 50 routes from 5.8 to 5.12. The largest wall on Snowpatch is the east face with routes ranging from 12 to 15 pitches and almost all of them being big wall in nature. The south, west and north faces boast numerous classic free routes such as the popular Snowpatch, Surfs Up, Kraus-McCarthy and Sunshine Crack. Snowpatch Spire is also the most difficult spire to climb with no routes to the top rated under 5.8.
All routes on the west face are approached via the Bugaboo-Snowpatch Col located on the north end of Snowpatch Spire. After climbing over the Col walk south to your desired route.
13 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Snowpatch Spire:
Wiessner's Route (aka SE Corner) 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine, 17 pitches, 1500'
Surfs Up 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 500'
Wildflowers 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 900'
Kraus-McCarthy 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 800'
Furry Pink Arete 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches
Super Direct 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 900'
Sunshine Crack 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches, 900'
Featured Route For Snowpatch Spire
Wiessner's Route (aka SE Corner) 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b North America : Canada : ... : Snowpatch Spire
INTRODUCTIONIn the late 1930's, Snowpatch Spire was "talked of as the continents number one climbing problem." After Snowpatch Spire was ticked, only one major peak remained unclimbed, South Howser Tower. Fritz Wiessner, 1938, made the best attempt before Bedayn and Arnold's success. After the highest attempt yet, Wiessner is famous for saying it would be: "...merely an affair of driving iron in the virgin rock!" (The 2010 movie, North Face, about the Eiger in 1936, is accurate...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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