Boulder residents, Bruce Miller and Chris Weidner had a useful trip to the Bugaboos recently, freeing a new route on the North Howser Tower. Their line, Hey Kool-Aid
, takes a crack system to the right of Young Men on Fire
. After eight pitches, they joined Young Men, bivied after 13 pitches, and then did 10 more pitches to the top, with many variations to the existing route. Weider did a short tension traverse on this ascent, so the two returned later in their trip to blast the route in 15 hours, with Miller freeing the short crux section at 5.11+ with cold fingers. This is only the second all-free route on the North Howser's 3,000-foot face, along with All Along The Watchtower
(5.12), which was freed by Topher Donahue and Kennan Harvey in 1996. The pair also added a five-pitch direct start to the classic Beckey-Chouinard Route
on South Howser Tower called Lost in the Talus
(5.11-) and two four-pitch, 5.11+ new routes on "Peek-A-Boo Pinnacle," a 300-foot tower in the Pigeon Feather Group.
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