Ahab, 1986. Ronald Van Horssen, Steve Drake and I climbed the striking pillar on the lower southwest face of Ahab in August 1986. We ascended the striking pillar, which has several spectacular towers, and ends on the south summit of Ahab (II, 5.8). That same August, we climbed the upper south buttress directly (5.7). The rock is blocky granite, reminiscent of the Bugaboos.