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Epic Tower (Townsend Traverse)

Summit Elevation (m): 2820
Trip Date: Thursday, August 30, 2018
Elevation Gain (m): 1900
Round Trip Time (hr): 11.5
Total Trip Distance (km): 30
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 3 – you fall, you break your leg
Difficulty Notes: A very long creek approach with minor bushwhacking, some routefinding and some sheep trails. The traverse is moderate to difficult depending on whether Mythic Tower is included.
Technical Rating: SC6; YDS (3rd)
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After approaching and scrambling Mount Townsend, I descended its slabby summit block and down the only obvious break through its intimidating cliffs before heading along a sheep track towards Epic Tower. Initially I worried that I might have to gain and lose some elevation on this traverse, but it went much quicker and easier than I expected. Within only about 45 minutes of leaving the summit of Townsend, I was scoping out a route up Epic Tower’s SW scree and slabs to the summit.

As I approach the summit block of Epic Tower I can scope out a route from mid right to upper left.
As I approach the summit block of Epic Tower I can scope out a route from mid right to upper left.

The route I picked was moderate scrambling at most and within an hour of Townsend’s summit I was on the summit of Epic with more great views along the very impressive east face of the ridge running to Mystic Tower and Mount Fable, and of course back towards Townsend.

Great views down Exshaw Creek at lower left with Mythic Tower featuring prominently in the foreground.
Great views down Exshaw Creek at lower left with Mythic Tower featuring prominently in the foreground.
Looking north at Mount Townsend where I traversed from with Stenton beyond at left. At right is the lovely upper Exshaw Creek Meadows and South Ghost Peak.
Really good views north over Exshaw Meadows and pass and past the impressive east face of Mount Townsend (L) towards Saddle Peak and Orient Point.
Looking down Exshaw Creek past the impressive east face of Mythic Tower – my next destination.
The Townsend Traverse

In my humble opinion, this peak is a no-brainer for anyone heading up Townsend. If you’re putting that much effort into the approach you should be rewarded with at least two peaks – no? 😉 After another short break it was time to check out the most difficult summit of my day – the ominous sounding, “Mythic Tower“.

Epic Tower
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A moonscape to walk across from just below Townsend's summit block towards Epic Tower at upper left.
A moonscape to walk across from just below Townsend's summit block towards Epic Tower at upper left.
The crumbling Epic Tower appears to have a fairly straightforward route.
The crumbling Epic Tower appears to have a fairly straightforward route.
As I approach the summit block of Epic Tower I can scope out a route from mid right to upper left.
As I approach the summit block of Epic Tower I can scope out a route from mid right to upper left.
Looking back at Townsend.
Looking back at Townsend.
A crumbling, but fairly easy route up Epic Tower's SW slope.
A crumbling, but fairly easy route up Epic Tower's SW slope.
Great views down Exshaw Creek at lower left with Mythic Tower featuring prominently in the foreground.
Great views down Exshaw Creek at lower left with Mythic Tower featuring prominently in the foreground.
Looking over Exshaw Ridge towards Old Fort Peak, Morrowmount, Yamnuska and Goat Mountain.
Looking over Exshaw Ridge towards Old Fort Peak, Morrowmount, Yamnuska and Goat Mountain.
At right is the lovely upper Exshaw Creek Meadows and South Ghost Peak. At left is the long Cougar Creek approach.
At right is the lovely upper Exshaw Creek Meadows and South Ghost Peak. At left is the long Cougar Creek approach.
Looking south at the remaining traverse to Mythic Tower with Fable, Grotto, Cougar and Lady Macdonald L to R.
Looking south at the remaining traverse to Mythic Tower with Fable, Grotto, Cougar and Lady Macdonald L to R.
South Ghost Peak at left, Cross Peak at right.
South Ghost Peak at left, Cross Peak at right.
Orient Point.
Orient Point.
Saddle Peak.
Saddle Peak.
Peechee at distance with Stenton Peak at right.
Peechee at distance with Stenton Peak at right.
Exshaw Ridge
Exshaw Ridge
Great views down Exshaw Creek.
Great views down Exshaw Creek.
Really good views north over Exshaw Meadows and pass and past the impressive east face of Mount Townsend (L) towards Saddle Peak and Orient Point
Really good views north over Exshaw Meadows and pass and past the impressive east face of Mount Townsend (L) towards Saddle Peak and Orient Point
Cougar Peak (L) rises above the long approach up Cougar Creek. Lady Macdonald at mid center.
Cougar Peak (L) rises above the long approach up Cougar Creek. Lady Macdonald at mid center.
Looking down Exshaw Creek past the impressive east face of Mythic Tower - my next destination.
Looking down Exshaw Creek past the impressive east face of Mythic Tower - my next destination.
Descending Epic Tower with the summit at upper left and Exshaw Creek far below to the east.
Descending Epic Tower with the summit at upper left and Exshaw Creek far below to the east.
Looking back up at the summit (R) with Mount Townsend at center distance.
Looking back up at the summit (R) with Mount Townsend at center distance.
Traversing towards Mythic Tower.
Traversing towards Mythic Tower.
Traversing towards Mythic Tower.
Traversing towards Mythic Tower.

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