Mythic Tower (Townsend Traverse)

Trip Category: 
SC - Scrambling
Interesting Facts: 

In 1993, John Martin completed a traverse of two towers along the ridge running between Mount Townsend and Fable in the Fairholme Range and named them, "Epic Tower" and "Mythic Tower". In a quest to uncover more information on these peaks, Bob Spirko did a recon mission up Fable Creek in early July of 2008, reaching another minor summit along the ridge which he dubbed, "Little Mythic".

Technical Difficulty Level: 
7
Endurance Level: 
High
YDS Class: 
4th Class
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Thursday, August 30, 2018

After the easy to moderate ascents of both Mount Townsend and Epic Tower, I turned my attention towards the much more involved traverse and ascent of Mystic Tower - located further south along the ridge running over impressive east-facing cliffs from Mount Townsend to Mount Fable high over Exshaw Creek below. As I indicated already in my Townsend preamble, I was not about to take Mythic Tower lightly after hearing from Cornelius that it was one of his most difficult ascents. But first I had to get there from Epic Tower and this didn't look like a very straightforward traverse to me!

 


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Summit Elevation (m): 
2,670
Summit Elevation (ft): 
8,760
Elevation Gain (m): 
1900
Round Trip Time: 
11.50
Total Distance (km): 
30.00
Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 4 : you fall, you are almost dead
Difficulty Notes: 

A very long creek approach with minor bushwhacking, some routefinding and some sheep trails. The traverse is difficult when an ascent of Mystic Tower is included, which involves two short 4th class sections.