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3-day Bugaboo alpine rock climbing, British Columbia

Explore one of the best alpine rock climbing destinations in Western Canada! David, IFMGA-certified mountain guide, takes you on a 3-day trip in the Bugaboos, a mountain range in British Columbia.

Mountain RangeColumbia Mountains
Duration3 days
Offer periodJul, Aug
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


The Bugaboos are a group of peaks lying to the East of British Columbia. Their superb granite spires turn it into one of the top rock climbing destinations in Canada. Ready to enjoy some first-class climbs? 

This group of peaks belong to the Purchell Mountains and lie inside Bugaboo Provincial Park, surrounded by pristine lakes and glaciers.

I propose to go there for a 3-day alpine rock climbing trip, exploring some of the classic climbs in the area. Routes are graded between II and V in the UIAA system. Therefore, easy, moderate and advanced options are available, and you’ll be able to pick the best route for you according to your level.

It’s important to consider that most routes have long and demanding approaches, so a minimum of two days is required for this trip. As this program involves spending three days on the mountains, we’ll probably be able to ascend two different peaks. Here are some of our options:

  • Bugaboo Spire
  • Pigeon Spire
  • Crescent Tower
  • Snowpatch Spire
  • Howser Tower

For this trip you must have some previous rock climbing experience (trad climbing / crack climbing, with a guide or not), as well as being in excellent physical conditions.

The day before the trip we’ll have a pre-meeting to set the itinerary according to your personal goals and check out you gear. Then, we’ll enjoy 3 days of full climbing!

As for the weather, you should expect temperatures between 10C to 28C during summer, but that’s only during the day: by night, temperatures can drop below zero!

Would you like to join this 3-day alpine rock climbing trip in the Bugaboos? Send your booking request for a unique experience!

You can also check out some of my programs in other alpine rock climbing destinations, like this 3-day trip in Valhalla.



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Day 0: Pre-trip meeting

7:00 PM in Golden (1 hour)

  • Welcome, introduction, goals & agenda, waivers.
  • Review of planed itinerary and current conditions
  • Issue of required gear and session on packing strategy

Day 1: Drive-in, Hike-in and Climb

  • 04:30 AM, meeting and drive
  • 06:30 AM, at trail head, hike -in
  • 10:30 AM, at camp location, drop overnight gear
  • hike to base of climb with a small day pack!
  • Climb, climb, climb!
  • 15:30 PM, top out, walk off & hike back to camp
  • 16:30 PM, Back in camp for a great dinner and cozy night in the mountains


Day 2: Full Climbing day

  • 05:00 AM, breakfast, hike-in to another classic alpine rock route
  • 07:30 AM, start climbing
  • Climb, climb, climb!
  • 15:30 PM, top out, walk off & hike back to camp
  • 16:30 PM, Back in camp for another great dinner and cozy night in the mountains

Day 3: Last climb and hike-out

  • 05:00 AM, breakfast, hike-in to another classic alpine rock route
  • 07:30 AM, start climbing
  • Climb, climb, climb!
  • 14:30 PM, top out, walk off & head back to camp
  • 16:00 PM, gather overnight gear from camp & hike out
  • 18:00 PM, back at the parking, drive-out
  • 20:00 PM, back in Golden for a late dinner

About the guide

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I am an IFMGA and ACMG-certified mountain guide based in Nelson, British Columbia. I'm the lead guide at Summit Mountain Guides, a guiding agency I co-founded back in 2007 and which offers year-round guiding services and courses in Canada and Europe.

The mountains of western Canada have been my playground since 1992. I'll be happy to take you mountaineering, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hiking or ice climbing in this area I know so well. From day trips to multi-day adventures, I can guarantee an unforgettable and safe experience.

The SMG team of guides will help you with your trip's logistics, safety and contingency plans so that you get the most out of your backcountry experience and can just focus on having an amazing time on the mountain!

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Prices per person

Group of 1

CAD 1753 each

Group of 2

CAD 1135 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

For additional days add $313 per person for group of 2, or $550 for private.


The price includes:


-Pre-course planning support


-Alternative plan based on current conditions


-Rope use & all technical equipment


-Accommodation in mountain hut


-Park permits and Liability Insurance


-Emergency response plan


-Group safety equipment


The price does NOT include:


-5% gst tax


-Dinners & breakfast meals on trip, available for $45/night


-Technical gear including ice axes, crampons, harnesses, helmets, prussix, carabiner, climbing shoes etc.


-Personal clothing, overnight equipment, mountaineering boots.


-Personal lunch & snacks


-Travel to meeting location and accommodation prior to field portion trip




-Trip interruption, cancellation insurance or medical insurance


-Additional costs incurred if changes made to itinerary due to weather.

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