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Howser Spire  British Columbia   #2537
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Purcell Mountains / Bugaboo Group

Height: 3412 m -> 11194 feet
Prominence?: 1299 m above Edouard Pass
Line Parent?: Jumbo Mountain (40.3 km away, at bearing 154 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Farnham (35.0 km away)

Location:   50.72972,-116.81333     50:43:47, -116:48:48   11U 513174 5619786 (48 km W of Edgewater). NTS Mapsheet: 082.K.10   AreaCode: FL06/HI21
First Ascent: Monday August 00, 1916 Conrad Kain, Albert MacCarthy, E. MacCarthy, J. Vincent, H. Frind
Howser Tower (Howser Spire) Southwest Face
This peak is #43 on the Height List for British Columbia .This large rock massif contains three distinct peaks: North Tower, Central Tower, and South Tower. Collectively they are known as the Howser Spire. To confuse things even more, another completely separate mountain 3 km to the southeast is named Howser Peak. It is named after Howser Creek and the town of Howser on Duncan Lake.

The Howser Spire massif contains the highest and westernmost of the Bugaboo spires, located at the southwest corner of the Vowell Glacier. Using the common approach from the east, the massif only becomes visible when one reaches Bugaboo-Snowpatch or Pigeon-Snowpatch col. The west face is a 1000-m sheer drop into East Creek which flows out into Duncan Lake. The only Class 4 scramble route is on the North Tower. All other routes on the massif are Class 5. The glacier approach can at times be challenging.

Name Notes: Adopted in 1962.

Trips within 1 km
43 2005.08.07 Howser Spire - One-Day Ascent of "All Along the Watchtower" Ulysse Richard
51 1999.08.09 Fun & Games on the South Howser Tower - Bugaboos Aaron Jones

2004.01.01 Proof from old Mtn record field Kevin Altheim

Paper Maps
1:250000Banff National Park Gem Trek
1:600000Southwest Alberta & Southeast British Columbia Gem Trek

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
19 Howser Tower (Howser Spire) Southwest Face John Scurlock
17 West Ridge of Pigeon and Howser Spire Doug Brown
15 Howser Spire North Ridge Integral Doug Brown
12 Moon over Howser Doug Brown
10 The Vowells from the Summit of South Howser Tower Ulysse Richard
9 Howser Towers and the Bugaboos from Eyebrow Peak Sandra McGuinness
8 Howser Towers from the Beaverfoot Range Rick Collier
8 Photo of Pitch 18 on All Along the Watchtower - North Tower Ulysse Richard
7 Sunrise on Howser Spire and Pigeon Spire Ed Cooper
7 Looking Up at Pitch 21 on All Along the Watchtower Ulysse Richard
5 Becky/Chouinard False Summit Rap Ulysse Richard
5 West Face of South Howser Tower Ulysse Richard

Placename Photos
14 Pigeon Spire - Glacier Approach Alex Joseph
12 The Four Squatters from the South Dean Richards
10 The Bugs: A View Northwest from the Catamount Stephen Skog
9 Looking West to the Bugaboos from Mount Ethelbert Dean Richards
8 South Ridge of Double Vision Peak Klaus Haring
8 Mount Griffith - East Slopes Stephen Skog
7 South aspect of Granite Peak Klaus Haring
5 Looking West to the Bugaboos from Frenchman Mountain Dean Richards
5 Howser Spires (north) Kyle Martens
4 Bugaboos from Jet at 10,000 Metres Len Zedel
4 Not the West Face of South Howser Spire Hans Bauck
3 Howser Spires Hans Bauck
3 Bugaboo Spire - East Face Pierre Signore
3 Snowpatch Spire - East Face Pierre Signore