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Weart Circumnavigated By Owls
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.11 - 22:22:25
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges
  (2 days)
Participants: Drew Brayshaw, Brent Nixon, Sandra Lostritto
Difficulty: 3:
We climbed a couloir on the north face of the Owls and circumnavigated Mt. Weart in a clockwise direction, an interesting and enjoyable mountaineering trip.
Garibaldi Park is the spiritual home of every mountaineer in southwestern BC, whether they realise it or not. All too often we forget this and think only of the crowds of tourists wandering up the Rubble Creek trail when we think of the park, instead of remote summits and valleys like those in the centre of the park - Pitt, Sir Richard, the Misty Icefields, and other places still wild in the new millennium. The following trip took us past the crowds and into an area on the fringes of the wild heart of the park, reminding me of what Garibaldi is really all about.

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...

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