Sky Pilot + Copilot in 1 shot; then Castle Towers in 1 day
The high pressure system was Thursday to Saturday. Sunday was "okay" but other days are not so good. But then I had to be in town on Friday so two long day trips were in the order. Since I just moved to BC so not familiar with the obscured ones. Sky Pilot, Copilot and Castle Towers all has a few nice trip reports here so I'm not going to post in details. For full trip reports visit my site.
I hiked up sea to summit trail then sky pilot valley trail. The glacier was dry and I just crampon'd across. Pink slabs were not trivial, but not too difficult neither. There's a bit more route-finding on the upper mountain. The Copilot was harder, but since I brought my shoes up I used them. Solo'd it no problem and on the descent I did 4 rappels from station to station (3 of them are bolted). Managed to catch up the Gondola ride down so save my knees.
A day trip up Castle Towers from Rubble Creek?! Yes that's it... I followed pretty much Simon's route, up the hidden drainage behind Cinder Cone, then up to Panorama/Gentian broad ridge, cross the Helm Glacier up high, then down to Gentian Pass. The down-climb from west summit to the col I chose the ramp route which involved one strenuous move. Then up the true summit I skirted around on the N. Face side. The views were killer. On the descent I took my time a little bit and my round trip was 16 hours.
I can't believe they found enough solid rock that they could place bolts on Co-pilot.
In 1990 CJB and I carried a 50 m 11 mm rope to the top with us, and then back down again because we couldn't find anything solid enough to rappel off
Sad thing is that it's only 3rd class, albeit steep and loose 3rd class.
Good choice in mountains. Sneak in as many as you can with these weather windows.
I can't believe they bolted co-pilot.
Actually I just randomly looked at one of my pictures. I might remember wrong but the top anchor (first rappel) was likely on bolts too. It was very close to a tree, but they bolted it as well right beside the old anchor. So all 4 stations are 2-bolt stations. Some has 2 rappel rings.
When it comes to numbers I don't think Simon has anything to worry about.
Give it a couple of years
Seriously, think something should be said about level of energy required for something like this. Hike up from sea level, then both Sky Pilot and Co-pilot: more than enough for next day (or week) on the couch. Instead -- Castle Towers for which many also require multi-day trip.