Monday, August 12, 2013

Back in the Bugaboos

We spent the past week in one of our favorite destinations - the alpine playground of Bugaboo Provincial Park in British Columbia.  Despite the heavy packs and long hike in Kristal was all smiles.

How can you not be excited to climb awesome rock with this as your backdrop.

We were joined for a couple of days by Kristal's parents, and we had a great time taking them up the West Ridge of Pigeon Spire.

Despite some heavy fog and threat of bad weather we managed to make it up and down the climb before any real rain started to fall.  Here are Kristal's parents on the summit.

And here we are coming down the glacier in the fog after the climb.

Kristal and I also ticked off another long climb during our stay. Here she is standing on top of Snowpatch Spire, after climbing the classic South East Corner (aka Wiessner's Route, aka the Snowpatch Route).

Unfortunately the weather wasn't all that cooperative during this trip. Here is mist surrounding East Post Spire, as we were making our way back to the hut after being rained off of McTech Arete.

Of course even when the storms are rolling through, the Bugaboos is still a surreal and beautiful place.

And having unfinished routes on the tick list isn't necessarily a bad thing. It just gives us an excuse to come back again next year.

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