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Castle Towers Mountain  British Columbia   #610
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges

Height: 2676 m -> 8780 feet
Prominence?: 1103 m above Drop Pass
Line Parent?: Mount Sir Richard (17.5 km away, at bearing 81 degrees)
Greater Parent: Tremor Mountain (16.0 km away)

Location:   49.93972,-122.94305     49:56:23, -122:56:35   10U 504086 5531930 (5 km E of Garibaldi Lake). (19 km S of Whistler). NTS Mapsheet: 092.G.15   AreaCode: EM92/JJ34
First Ascent: 1911 T. Park; H. Korten
Castle Towers Mountain - South Side
An outstanding triple summit on the east side of Garibaldi Lake and on the west of the Cheakamus Glacier. The centre summit is slightly higher than the east summit with a Class 5 gap separating the two. The normal summit route is the via the west ridge and the west summit. The gap between these last two summits is exposed Class 3. The eastern summit of Castle Towers is only a few meters lower than the central summit. From the central summit, it requires a short pitch of 5th class climbing on a sharp ridge to reach. It may be reached easily from the east via the low-angle east ridge. Height is 2676m

Name Notes: Named for its appearance. Mount Castle Towers adopted 2 September 1930 on Garibaldi Park Map; form of name changed to Castle Towers Mountain 3 May 1951 on 92G, as long-established in the mountaineering community and as identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer.

1. West ridge Class 4. From the vicinity of Gentian Pass, wander up the easy west slopes of Polemonium Ridge to the summit of Polemonium, then descend a loose 3rd class gully to the scree below Polemonium's S face cliffs. Alternatively, traverse snow on the north side of Polemonium and deke through the Polemonium-CT notch to gain the same location. Hike and scramble up scree and short rock bands on thewest ridge of Castle Towers to the west summit. Descend 4th class ramp on the NE side of west summit to gain the west-central summit notch; traverse loose blocks and large holds around the N face of the summit tower to finish up to the summit via the east side. Equipment: Rope and a few slings
2. South Couloir 4th class . Easiest route under spring conditions when approaching from Sphinx Hut. From Sphinx Glacier ascend snow (45-degree) at the base of the couloir at GR041316 on 92 G/15. Scramble very easy but very loose rock to the gap between the West and the Main Peaks. Scramble up the west-facing (easy) side of the gap to just below the summit tower. Traverse the top of the Northwest Face along the base of the tower. Scramble up the tower by its eastern aspect.

3. NW Face Glacial ice and loose 4th class mixed climbing. Climb the glacier on the NW face of Castle Towers, avoiding crevasses and bergschrunds, and finish with steepish snow and ice that peters out into easy mixed climbing on large, sometimes loose blocks just below the summit ridge. Numerous finishes are possible so choose whatever line seems feasible and enjoyable. Equipment: Ice axe, crampons, rope, a few slings, possibly a little bit of rock pro

Trips within 1 km
55 2003.11.02 Castle Towers in a Day Martin Berka
32 2000.07.22 Castle Towers - Storming the fortress Pierre Signore
25 1999.08.20 Castle Towers, Mount Carr and The Sphinx Pierre Signore
20 1997.08.17 Castle Towers Via Garibaldi Lake - Day Trip Colin Widrig
39 1982.07.10 The Mount Davidson 'Day Trip' Sandy Briggs
9 null Phyllis Engine - West side Route Todd Ponzini
9 null Castle Towers - West Ridge Route Pierre Signore


Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
16 Castle Towers Mountain - North Face Fred Touche
11 Helm Creek Headwaters Greg Jones
9 Castle Towers from the North Doug Brown
9 Mount Davidson, Castle Towers and The Black Tusk from Cypress Peak Simon Chesterton
8 Castle Towers Mountain - South Side Fred Touche
8 Castle Towers Mountain from east of Singing Pass Lucas Earl
8 Castle Towers Mountain from Whirlwind Peak Lucas Earl
7 View East from Garibaldi Lake Martin Berka
6 Garibaldi Lake and Castle Towers Laurent Mingo
6 ARCHIVE WMA_P88_019 CARTER 2160 Castle Towers Cliff Jennings
6 Mount Davidson and Castle Towers from Cowboy Ridge Mitch Sulkers
5 Russet Lake Hike 53 pan (Castle Towers) Cliff Jennings
5 Russet Lake Hike 56 (Castle Towers) Cliff Jennings
5 Polemonium and Castle Towers Sebastian Rakowski
5 Russet Lake Hike 61 (Castle Towers) Cliff Jennings
5 Looking down the North Face of Castle Towers Drew Brayshaw
4 Castle Towers from Gentian Drew Brayshaw
4 Gentian Pass & the Toe of Castle Towers Glacier Jeff Volp
3 Castle Towers and Phyllis's Engine Jordan Peters
3 Castle Towers and Sphinx Bay from Price Drew Brayshaw

Placename Photos
10 Castle Towers and Polemonium Ridge Simon Chesterton
9 Polemonium Ridge from above Singing Pass Lucas Earl
9 Tarn on the West Ridge of Mount Elsay Klaus Haring
9 Hops Peak and Mount Garibaldi Klaus Haring
8 Whirlwind Peak from below the Refuse Pinnacle Lucas Earl
5 Classic Garibaldi Lake Panorama Lucas Earl
5 Brandywine Meadows View Southeast Steve Sproule