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Climbs of Aiguille, Howse, Stairway, Synge, and Midway
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.24 - 18:31:09
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Park Ranges / Waputik Mountains
  (1 days)
Participants: Bob Saunders; Rick Collier
Difficulty: 5: 5.9 on Aiguille
This article describes a series of climbs of Howse Peak and others from camp in the Ebon Creek basin, accessed via the Blaeberry Road. Peaks are Stairway, Synge, Midway, Howse, and Aiguille.
Aiguille was first climbed by John & Ruth Mendenhall in 1951 -- a daring and courageous feat in so remote an area for that time! They apparently approached this peak from Howse Pass and an ACC camp nearby.

Bob and I drove up the Blaeberry road on August 6 in intermittent rain, which quite thoroughly discouraged us. In fact, we sat and fidgeted in the car until 2:00pm, finally setting off under grey skies. But as we trucked up the trail, the clouds began to lift, and we even got an occasional sunny break. However, our packs were heavy and we only accomplished about 2 km/hr, reaching Lambe Crk about five. But the trail was in good shape, with bridges across major streams. We waded the Blaeberry just S of Ebon Crk, then hacked and thrashed 1300' up the slope and into the Ebon Crk drainage; we reached the split between N and S Ebon Crk about 9:00pm and decided to call it quits, having found a good camp spot at @5700' with water, firewood, and great views across the Blaeberry to the glaciers to W.

August 7: Stairway Peak (9840')
Because of our late arrival the night before, we were up and off lazily the next morning to attempt Howse Pk (since Aiguille looks to be out of shape from the recent snow): we ascended the dry side (S) of the huge ridge to N up to 8800' and followed this ridge NE toward Howse, assuming that this was Outram's ascent ridge (as described in the Guidebook). But it wasn't: his W ridge was the next one to N and looked eminently feasible, but impossible to get to from our vantage point. As well, the ridge we were on began to get chopped up with fault lines and towers the closer we got to Howse (See Howse Pk). Nevertheless, at one of our resting points, we took in our first view of the peaks of upper Ebon Creek -- a gorgeous...

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