Bugaboo Provincial Park has always been high on my bucket list. Although the park is very close to home, all of the spires in the park are a class four or higher, which means exposure is high and can be dangerous. the park is a world class climbing area where recreational to professional climbers all over the world come to explore. I am by no means a skilled climber, so I was content in just going to the park to see the mountains, not climb any. Lucky for me my dream came true when a couple of mutual friends were headed out there, and I decided to crash their party and ask to join.
To get to the Conrad Kain Hut there are a couple of sections where ladders and chains have been put in place for safety. The entire hike in was absolutely breathtaking.
We did some night shooting that evening. The moon was so bright I had to wait until it was covered in cloud to get a decent shot. It was the blood super moon the following night.
Before sunrise we peeked out of our sleeping bags looking out the massive window view to the Hound’s tooth spire. It didn’t look like there would be a sunrise until we fell back asleep and then Chris woke us up abruptly telling us to look outside, the sky instantly turned pink.
I almost died rushing out of my sleeping bag and then slipping on some ice outside to get this photo! Thankfully I missed the cliff edge and got away with only a nasty bruise.
That Sunday morning after the sunrise we started to ascend towards East Post Spire. I went into this mountain prepared with harness and gear but was expecting to get turned around, I only wanted t see how far I could go until my skill level was exceeded.
Howser Spires were looking extra evil today! Couldn’t imagine climbing that one!
The hound’s tooth spire was surrounded by deadly glacier. It was amazing to see the detail in this landscape.
The Applebee Lakes on our way to the col.
Playing on those granite rocks.
The view from the col, looking towards Cobalt Spire.
Technical climbing with some exposure up the East Post Spire. Was a little sketchy due to snow and ice, I was going to turn around at one point here but gathered the courage to push on.
Chris ascended first, I was having more trouble with the ice as the exposure increased. So Chris was able to rope me so I could have the confidence to climb the last part to the summit.
Wyatt making his ascent.
The Kain Hut below us!
View from the top.
Wyatt enjoying the view and the reward of making the summit.
Views for days.
Chris being a daredevil!
This was the col, the sharp out shooting granite made for this dramatic photo. Sometimes it pays to be the last down.
Conrad Kain Hut
This was the view from the outhouse! It was also the East Post Spire that we climbed that day.
Time to go home, an amazing couple days in the Bugs.