South Tower (Willingdon South)

August 31, 2013

3325m

Eastern Banff Park – Clearwater Pass, AB

Tower, or South Tower, is the lowest peak among the Willingdon’s trio. It’s also referred as Willingdon 3. To get there one must traverse up and over Crown from Willingdon/Crown col. Getting down Crown requires a couple moderate to difficult scrambling moves and some brief route-finding, but other than that it was very straightforward. The elevation loss between the two was massive and frustrating but that’s the reason why these are separate peaks. The best view from summit of Tower is looking back towards the other two summits. We couldn’t find a register on the top. For the approach via Quartzite Col and then Clearwater Pass, go to my Willingdon’s trip report.

Descending from Crown

Descending from Crown

Panorama view from partway down Crown. Neat clouds still

Panorama view from partway down Crown. Neat clouds still

This is Tower

This is Tower

Down to Crown/Tower col. It's a straightforward slog from here.

Down to Crown/Tower col. It’s a straightforward slog from here.

Looking back towards Crown

Looking back towards Crown

Summit Panorama. Click to view large size.

Summit Panorama. Click to view large size.

Keeping walking down the ridge for a few step. This is a better viewpoint towards south

Keeping walking down the ridge for a few step. This is a better viewpoint towards south

Looking south involves giants like Cataract Peak. You can also pick out Assiniboine

Looking south involves giants like Cataract Peak. You can also pick out Assiniboine

Hector and Lake Louise's Group on left; Balfour and Waputik Icefield on right

Hector and Lake Louise’s Group on left; Balfour and Waputik Icefield on right

Familiar peaks on Wapta Icefield on left; Freshfield Icefield on right

Familiar peaks on Wapta Icefield on left; Freshfield Icefield on right

Willingdon and Crown

Willingdon and Crown

Looking down at the glacier between Willingdon and Harris

Looking down at the glacier between Willingdon and Harris

Recondite Peak

Recondite Peak

Willingdon and Crown

Willingdon and Crown

Mount Harris is a big pile of scree

Mount Harris is a big pile of scree

Augusta, Recondite, and unnamed peaks in that area

Augusta, Recondite, and unnamed peaks in that area

Zooming-in down Clearwater River Valley

Zooming-in down Clearwater River Valley

Me on the summit of Tower

Me on the summit of Tower

Descending Tower

Descending Tower

Neat clouds showing up on Willingdon, seen from Crown

Neat clouds showing up on Willingdon, seen from Crown

Descending Crown

Descending Crown

Eric and Vern

Eric and Vern

Ben down-climbing a short step

Ben down-climbing a short step

Typical terrain on Crown's upper slope

Typical terrain on Crown’s upper slope

Looking down to the tarn between Willingdon and Crown

Looking down to the tarn between Willingdon and Crown

Willingdon and the tarn

Willingdon and the tarn

Down to Willingdon/Crown col already

Down to Willingdon/Crown col already

Looking back at Crown

Looking back at Crown

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