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Mount Colonel Foster:
First Ascent of the West Buttress July 1991

From the Island Bushwhacker 19:4. Fall 1991.
By Sandy Briggs

Junk Mail From The Edge: Mt. Colonel Foster West Buttress (Central)

The west side of Mt. Colonel Foster is not seen to advantage from any frequently climbed peaks, unless Mt. Matchlee or Mt. Donner falls into that category. There must be some truth in the old saying "what the eye doesn't see the heart doesn't grieve - nor long for, it seems.

In 1957 Ferris and Hugh Neave and Karl Ricker climbed a rotten westerly gully to the southwest peak (the one just south of the great gendarme.) It appears that various parties, including Doug Scott, Rob Wood and Greg Child; Mike Walsh - Dick Culbert, Paul Starr and Fred Douglas - and maybe Joe Bajan, have descended some of the westerly gullies (i.e. other than the great NW snow couloir which now serves as the voie normale,) leaving no words of praise for same. This, as far as I know, is the history of west side activity until 1991.

John Put's sketch on the front page of the Winter 1985 Bushwhacker (13:4) was in fact tantalizing, and my own telephoto shot from Matchlee Mountain later set ideas running through my head.

FA: Sandy Briggs and Ignaz Fluri, July 3-6, 1991.














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