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Bugaboo Spire Rock Climbing 


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Location: 50.74546, -116.78853 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

This is one of the most impressive spires in all of the Bugaboo's hence the name. From the Applebee campground the highly visible east face looms steep and nearly blank with only half a dozen or so routes. Viewed from the top of Crescent Spire one gets a great look at the classic Northeast ridge and the entire spire as it shoots into the sky like a sharks tooth.

Getting There 

Most of the routes on the Bugaboo Spire are accessed via the Crescent glacier which is an easy hike from the Kain hut and Applebee campground. From the Kain hut head north toward the Bugaboo-Snowpatch Col and turn off before the Col as if heading to the Crescent Spire. From Applebee hike north out of camp onto the moraine and follow the same route as if going to Crescent Spire. The east face is obvious on both approaches. To get to the Northeast ridge follow the same approach as above and continue up slabs to the Bugaboo-Crescent Col. All remaining routes on the south and west faces are approached by the Bugaboo-Snowpatch Col.

Climbing Season

For the Columbia Mountains area.

Weather station 4.7 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Bugaboo Spire

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bugaboo Spire:
Kain Route (South Ridge)   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 1500'   
North East Ridge   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1500'   
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Featured Route For Bugaboo Spire
Rock Climbing Photo: Conrad Kain, alpine superhero.

Kain Route (South Ridge) 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  North America : Canada : ... : Bugaboo Spire
By way of the N. lateral moraine of Bugaboo glacier and snowfield to the Snowpatch-Bugaboo col above which the S. arete is followed. Scramble up ledges easily for more then 500' to the base of a steep chimney where the rope is put on. Climb chimney (120';two leads; strenuous) to crest of ridge leading to base of formidable gendarme. Two leads on the gendarme reach groove where belay is established for the crux. Leader moves up vertical wall in cracks and over left-hand corner...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Bugaboo Spire Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The summit of Bugaboo Spire as seen from near the ...
The summit of Bugaboo Spire as seen from near the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bugaboo Spire from near the saddle between it and ...
Bugaboo Spire from near the saddle between it and ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rappelling from the summit of Bugaboo Spire.
Rappelling from the summit of Bugaboo Spire.
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit panorama looking southwest
Summit panorama looking southwest
Rock Climbing Photo: Bugaboo Spire seen from the SW
BETA PHOTO: Bugaboo Spire seen from the SW
Rock Climbing Photo: View from rope up ledge on Northeast ridge of Buga...
View from rope up ledge on Northeast ridge of Buga...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bugaboo Spire taken from the wrong approach chimne...
Bugaboo Spire taken from the wrong approach chimne...
Rock Climbing Photo: Copied from MCR Reports (Association of Canadian M...
BETA PHOTO: Copied from MCR Reports (Association of Canadian M...
Rock Climbing Photo: NE Ridge from Snowpatch
NE Ridge from Snowpatch
Rock Climbing Photo: Rob rappeling, Snow Patch Spire in background
Rob rappeling, Snow Patch Spire in background
Rock Climbing Photo: Bugaboo Spire, looking at Northeast ridge.
Bugaboo Spire, looking at Northeast ridge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bugaboo and the Crescent Spires
Bugaboo and the Crescent Spires
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunrise alpenglow on the East Face of Bugaboo Spir...
Sunrise alpenglow on the East Face of Bugaboo Spir...
Rock Climbing Photo: Setting up the gendarme rappel during our descent ...
BETA PHOTO: Setting up the gendarme rappel during our descent ...

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