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Rock climbing week in The Bugaboos near Golden, British Columbia

Join Brent, an IFMGA-certified mountain guide, for this challenging, scenic and diverse week-long climbing expedition in the Bugaboos, in eastern British Columbia. Enjoy a variety of different kinds of climbing from single-pitch crags to multi-pitch spires.

Mountain RangeColumbia Mountains
Duration5 days
Offer periodJul, Aug
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Bugaboos.

  • Make various types of ascent up high-quality granite.

  • Climb the iconic Bugaboo Spire.

Description

Situated in the heart of the Purcell Mountains, the Bugaboos are the perfect place for a week-long alpine climbing adventure!

These granite spires are one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in eastern British Columbia and we are going to find out why!

The adventure begins after we meet up in nearby Golden or Invermere and drive out to the trailhead. The next 3 to 4 hours will be spent hiking through the Bugaboo’s spectacular alpine scenery, before we reach the mountain hut.

The hut is ideally located in the Bugaboos and will provide us access to a variety of rock climbing options, from 5.6 to 5.10a single-pitch crags to 20-pitch ascents.

Over the course of the week, we will climb the Ears Between route on Crescent Tower and get a nice introduction to the rock as well as the scenery.

We’ll follow this up with ascents of Bugaboo Spire and Snowpatch Spire, with the option available, for those who have an extra day to spare, to cross the Vowell Glacier and climb Pidgeon Spire.

Regardless of where we go, we’re sure to enjoy plenty of incredible and high-quality climbing. The area is renowned for its pristine granite cracks and incredible alpine crags.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this unforgettable week-long alpine climbing adventure in the Bugaboo Mountains!

If you like the look of this trip then I think you may also enjoy my 4-day ascent of the Diamond on Long’s Peak in Colorful Colorado!

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Please contact us for a complete equipment list.

Meeting point

Golden or Invermere, BC

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

After meeting up, we will check out all of our equipment and go over the plan, before driving to the trailhead and enjoying a very scenic 3 to 4-hour hike to the Konrad Kain Hut.

Day 2: Climb the Ears

We will climb the Ears Between (5.7) route on Crescent Tower, which serves as a nice introduction to the area.

Day 3: Bugaboo Spire

We will climb the northeast ridge of Bugaboo Spire (5.8), enjoying phenomenal views out over the provincial park, before descending back down via the Kain Route and returning to the mountain hut.

Day 4: Active Rest Day

We will head out for a day of scrambling or cragging.

Day 5: Snowpatch Spite

We will once again enjoy a long day of climbing, heading out to Snowpatch Spire and going up via the Snowpatch route (5.8) or Sunshine Cracks (5.11a).

Day 6: Pidgeon Spire

If you have the time to extend the trip, we can climb across the Vowell Glacier up to the West Ridge of Pidgeon Spire (5.4) before hiking back out and returning to town.


Equipment you will need to bring

Sunglasses

Backpack

Water bottle


About the guide

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I grew up in Colorado with skis on my feet and a rope in my hands. I began skiing at the age of three and rock climbing at the age of five. Sometime in between, I climbed my first mountain.

When I'm not climbing or guiding, I am typically sharing food and drinks with friends and family, training at the gym, or dancing to the "umps umps umps" of house music around a campfire.

When I began my professional guiding career in 2010, I realized my lifetime hobbies of skiing and rock climbing have real value in this world. Over the last several years, I have helped thousands of clients reach their alpine goals, and more importantly, enjoy their experiences on the mountain.

I have skied, rock climbed and guided throughout the western US and Canada, the Alps, the Norwegian fjords, the Southern Alps in New Zealand, the Brazilian granite domes and on limestone in Thailand. I have skied steep descents such as Grand Teton, climbed 5.13 on bolts and gear and played around on snow-covered rock and ice.

When you book one of my trips, you'll be working directly with me. I will work with you from your initial inquiry and throughout your trip. I will personally be your guide and instructor, making sure you receive the highest quality instruction and have a great time too.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

CAD 2165 each

Group of 2

CAD 2062 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group equipment: Rope, Harness, Belay and rappel devices

Price details

Please note, this trip is also available in a 7-day option. For the 7-day option, prices are $3,375.00/person for 1 person and $3,000/person for 2 people.


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