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A road trip though southeast BC with Simeon Warner. July 2008.
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The Howser Towers.
"Stop pissing around, you'll kill us both." Shortroping is fun!
"Form an orderly queue please!"
NE Buttress of Bugaboo Spire.
The moon over Bugaboo-Snowpatch Col.
Simeon getting ready to solo up to the Bugaboo-Crescent Col.
At the col. Start of the real climbing.
First 5.8 pitch above the slabs.
Pitch three with Snowpatch Spire behind.
Heading up the quartz dyke.
East face of Snowpatch Spire.
Fifth class chimney, gotta love those loose blocks.
Last climbing before the summit.
Looking for the highest point on the ridge.
Now how do we get down?
Traversing between the North and South summits.
When the guidebook says "knife edge" it means it.
Rest days? Who needs them?
Crescent Towers, good venue for a rest day.
Applebee campground.

The Selkirks, Bugaboos and Skaha road trip

Here's the short story …

Simeon and I drove to Roger’s pass and had bad weather for an attempt on Mount Sir Donald. Went and had a look at getting into the north end of the Selkirks but were defeated by a very closed logging road.

Carried on driving, driving, driving to Golden for lunch and then into the Bugaboos where we climbed; the Kain route on Bugaboo Spire and the West ridge of Pigeon Spire to warm up. Then after a weather enforced rest day, during which we hiked out to the car for beer, we managed the NE Buttress on Bugaboo and the Kraus-McCarthy route on Snowpatch. We also climbed a route on the Crescent Towers on out rest day.

The weather looked like it was going to break so we spent the last couple of days in Penticton doing a little bit of cragging on the Skaha Bluffs. It was very hot but we managed to stick to the shade and get a few nice routes done before heading back home.

This was a pretty low key trip for us I hadn't done much climbing since last year's trip to Peru and accompanying illness and Simeon is getting back upto speed after breaking several bones in an ice climbing accident a year ago.


For guidebooks Elaho is the place to go. They produce guides to the Selkirks, North and South, the Bugaboos and Skaha Bluffs. There's also a Mountaineers select guide to the Bugaboos - do yourself a favour, buy the Elaho book.