Route of the Week: South Face of Zowie Spire

You’ve probably heard of the Petit Grepon, and maybe you’ve climbed it. If you did, your ascent of the famously-crowded pinnacle likely wasn’t the untrammeled wilderness experience you’d come to the mountains for. Searching for a little more obscurity in Rocky Mountain National Park, I came across the Zowie spire, an eroded finger of Mt. Otis which stands independent from any major peak, similar in position and profile to the Petit Grepon. The standard south face of Zowie offers numerous options, but the climbing is generally sustained in the 5.8 range, with a final steep pitch that will initially make you doubt that such a climb is possible at a moderate grade. It goes. It’s good. And the rusty old pitons can easily be backed up with bomber modern gear.

For more beta, check out’s page on The South Face [LINK].

Go-To Gear for Climbing in RMNP

Air Brake Gloves [LINK]

Ferrosi Hoody [LINK]

Rambler Pants [LINK]

Axiom Jacket [LINK]

Voodoo Pants [LINK]

Men’s Echo l/s Duo Tee [LINK]

Women’s Essence Hooded Henley [LINK]