On p. 206 of Kevin McLane's new guidebook, "Alpine Select", some couloirs on the north side of the Owls are shown in exquisite detail. KM had taken great pains, when showing these slides at the Lillooet Ice Fest in February, to stress that these couloirs were unclimbed*. However, the approach (7 hours of hiking and 2000m of elevation gain) was an obvious deterrent for most climbers. In fact, the beautiful north face of Weart wasn't climbed until 1991.
I had always wanted to climb the Owls ever since seeing their north side through binoculars from Rutherford Creek. So now the time had come.... Brent was keen and Sandra was along for the ride/hike.
Saturday dawned kind of gray and gloomy and I spent several hours looking for my lost wallet, driving frantically around Kits. Then I took my tomato plant over to my parents house and finally I met up with Brent and Sandra. Off we go... next stop was Squamish where I ran into talented local climber JH at Starbucks. He started asking me for Athelstan beta then worked his way around to asking what I was up to..."Oh, we're going to the Owls." "That couloir?!" I was forced to admit, yes, that couloir. Hmmm, I guess more people than me have had this one on their... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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