Kt regaled us with tales of the outdoor industry and filming powder skiing during the bushwack up the drainage. If you keep your eyes peeled, you will see Kt's images all over the ski world. The bushwack was not too bad, and soon we were on an intermittent climber's trail, heading straight up to treeline and the base of the Northwest ridge proper. We left the ridge a few hundred vertical feet below the summit, and scrambled the Northwest face to the top, which had a few moderate 4th class steps.
|Bushwacking socks and gaiters at the trailhead. Photo: Beau Fredlund|
|Bushwacking. Not too bad.|
|Kt, high on the Northwest face.|
|An enthusiastic point and a high five on the summit of Calowachan.|
|Kt on the traverse.|
|Leah on the traverse. Photo: Beau Fredlund|
|Beau and Kt coming up to the South summit.|
|Walking off the South summit.|
Calowachan is a good outing, and I will be back to do it again. Unusual equipment included a reservation recreation pass, bear spray, and bushwacking socks. I used gaiters and they were the envy of the group. We benefited from Dan Sexton's route beta. Thanks Dan. The day was around 6,000 vertical feet done in around 9 hours car to car, all from the Eagle Pass trailhead.