Central Howser Tower, South Face. On August 15, Bruce Adams, Jim Cameron and I climbed the excellent, clean south face, a route I had twice been stormed off in attempts with Andrew Embick. The first two pitches are up the ice gully between the east faces of South and Central Howser. The upper part of the gully is steep (70° to 75°). From the windy notch atop the gully, we followed obvious cracks for four pitches of mixed rock climbing (F7, A3) to the top of the second prominent step on the face. We then traversed right onto the east face for the long and difficult summit pitch (F8). The climb can be done almost entirely on nuts. We descended the climbing route in six rappels. NCCS IV, F8, A3.
David Goeddel, Poway Mountaineers