Howser Spire or Howser Spire Massif, is a group of three distinct granite peaks, and the highest mountain of the Canadian Bugaboo Spires. The mountain is located at the southwest corner of the Vowell Glacier, within the Bugaboo mountain range in the Purcell Mountains, a subrange of British Columbia's Columbia Mountains, The highest of the three spires is the North Tower at 3,412 m (11,194 ft), the Central Tower the lowest, and the South Tower being slightly lower than the North at 3,292 m (10,801 ft).
Howser Spire is named after the town of Howser on Duncan Lake and Howser Creek.
The first ascent of the North Tower was made in August, 1916 by Conrad Kain, Albert MacCarthy, E. MacCarthy, J. Vincent and Henry Frind.
The Beckey-Chouinard / West Buttress route is recognized in the historic climbing text Fifty Classic Climbs of North America and considered a classic around the world.
By elevation Howser Spire is
# 95 out of 27097 in Canada # 1 out of 559 in Regional District of Central Kootenay # 15 out of 767 in Columbia-Shuswap Regional District # 1 out of 24 in Bugaboo Provincial Park # 37 out of 8219 in British Columbia # 5 out of 2288 in the Columbia Mountains # 3 out of 418 in the Purcell Mountains
By prominence Howser Spire is
# 11 out of 559 in Regional District of Central Kootenay # 14 out of 767 in Columbia-Shuswap Regional District # 1 out of 24 in Bugaboo Provincial Park # 34 out of 2288 in the Columbia Mountains # 3 out of 418 in the Purcell Mountains
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