While the east face of "The Colonel" is perhaps its most well-known aspect, the truly all-encompassing approach to this impressive mountain is to claim all its summits. A superb 4-day alpine traverse with huge exposure and varied and interesting climbing, this is without a doubt an Island classic. Most of the climbing on this trip is 4th- and low 5th-class with a few moves up to 5.8. All the climbing can be done in mountain boots. You need to be very fit, have scrambling experience and be comfortable soloing on 4th-class ground.
_Our Mountain Skills or equivalent, comfort with exposure, and a willingness to bivouac in the open are all pre-requisites to join us on this climb.
All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.
Included in the price:
- 4-day traverse with an ACMG guide
- Group technical gear
- Personal technical gear (harness, helmet, ice axe, crampons)
Not included in the price:
- Transportation to and from meeting point
- Personal equipment
*We offer catering on some of our trips for an extra $60/person/day. Please check with our office to see if your trip has this option.
- Colonel Foster Traverse (pdf)
$2,120.00 / person(at 1:1 ratio)
Rich is a very skilled and extremely capable guide who I learned a lot from and without whom I would never have been able to complete this trip. It looks like we were the first party to summit both the SouthWest and the Main peaks this year according to the registry. We stayed at the excellent bivy shelter on the main summit and had a great sunrise. Everything went according to plan and there was a great mixture of mixed climbing, route finding moving on snow, excellent rock and not so excellent rock. Overall an extremely intense and exhilarating experience and worked out well with the 4-day time period. Next summer may be Rambler Peak or some other interesting adventure. I shall be in contact.Rod Szasz, Tokyo, Japan