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Snowpatch at Sunrise # 516

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Date: 2002.03.28
Vantage Point: From above the Conrad Kain Hut

Caption: Snowpatch Spire

PhotoDescr: I was first hooked by the 'Bugs' when I first came to Canada in the early eighties, it reminded me of my favourite range in New Zealand, the 'Darrens' near Milford Sound. There's the same lush vegetation, big, boisterous glaciers and the peaks, well granite is always spectacular and here, the 'Bugs' really stand out. I think people are sometimes put off by the Bugaboos reputation for difficulty. But that's unfair because there's also lots of climbing that can only be described as 'fun' climbing. The west ridge of Pigeon Spire is a classic in this category. From its base it looks really difficult...steep and exposed. Like many routes here its bark is worse than its bite. The climbing is a joy, solid rock, never terribly hard, exposed enough to be exciting yet secure enough to feel safe on. It's actually the best intermediate climb I know and its this type of climbing that makes the Bugaboos one of the best places in which to continue mountaineering training after you have taken an introductory mountaineering course.

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