On a beautiful, sunny, late August day we set off with five guys to scramble The Tower in K-Country near Rummel Lake. I've done the snowshoe to Rummel Lake a few times in the winter but I've never gone in the summer before. The walk to the lake is a pleasant stroll through some old logging roads and a nice trail over a forested ridge.
[Some light bushwhacking, which you shouldn't have to do if you stay on route... :)]
Once we got past the lake things got a little more interesting. Because the photo in Kane's book is taken from a different angle than you see The Tower from after the second lake - and because I'm terrible with directions we ended up walking too far. We realized our mistake and still managed to scramble up the 'wrong' ridge. We did manage to find a way through the cliff band to the 'right' ridge and made the summit without any other problems! I've marked a picture with the more direct route and with our route so you'll know what to do when you get past the second lake.
[The upper tarn was dry as a bone. Fist (L) and Smuts (C) in the background.]
[The green line is OK for ascent, but the red line should be used for descent if possible.]
Kane indicates that the cliff band will force you to go really low if you screw up but we found a pretty good way through. If you find yourself on the alternate route simply go down the cliff band about 50 feet or so. If the rock is dry you should be able to negotiate through with a few easy moves.
[It's a heckuva grunt up the giant scree bowl.]
[Scrambling up the scree / slabs. A brain bucket is also a great idea here.]
[The terrain is getting more serious as we climb higher.]
[An example of the exposure you might encounter while scrambling The Tower.]
[Finding a 'moderate' route through the upper cliff bands to the summit.]
Except for the smoke, we had awesome views of Mt. Galatea and many of the surrounding peaks. The summit register was one of the emptiest I've ever seen and dated back around 10 years or so. We found this mountain to be challenging and fun - a highly recommended outing with no crowds!
[Coming up on the summit ridge with a small tarn in the background.]
[We look like rock stars don't we?! We feel like rock stars... ;)]
[Jon adds to the summit cairn.]
[Galatea Lakes with South Kidd Peak in the background.]
[Tricky, loose down climbing - again we should have had helmets on this terrain.]
[Beautiful Rummel Lake with Galatea rising in the background.]
[Now THAT feels good on a hot day! Cooling off in Rummel Lake.]