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KMC 2005 Climbing Camp - The Vowells
Timestamp Free: 2019.04.26 - 04:18:21
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Purcell Mountains / Vowell Group
  (8 days)
Participants: Sandra McGuinness, Linda Johannson, Martin Carver, Sandy Briggs, Kim Kratky, Fred Thiessen, Chad France, Kyle Ridge, Sacha Kalabis, Steven Horvath, Hamish Mutch, and Doug Brown. Moderate to steep snow and ice, easy to moderate glacier travel, rock to mid fifth class.
The Kootenay Mountaineering Club's 2005 climbing camp: 8 days at Bill's Pass, with access via chopper from the end of the Vowell Creek road.
This year's KMC Climbing Camp was held July 24-31 in the Vowells/Bugaboos, and was the best attended camp in years. Participants were: Sandra McGuinness, Linda Johannson, Martin Carver, Sandy Briggs, Kim Kratky, Fred Thiessen, Chad France, Kyle Ridge, Sacha Kalabis, Steven Horvath, Hamish Mutch, and me.

We staged from a large landing at the end of the new Vowell Creek FSR at 080353 (NAD27, 82K/15). On a beautiful sunny day, five of us (Sandra, Martin, Linda, Sandy, Doug; aka "basecampers") flew into base camp at Bill's Pass (82K/15 119230 [NAD83]), two of us (Hamish and Steve) flew into a camp at the north end of Climbing Ridge, and the rest flew into a camp north of Mt Thorington.

The Thorington Crew spend the next 5 days traversing from their fly-in spot to base camp, climbing Mt. Thorington (West), Mt. Thorington (East), Conrad West Neve Peak, Mt. Conrad, Mt. Malloy, Osprey Peak, and Vowell Peak along the way. See xx1. A full account of their adventure will be given in a separate report.

The Climbing Ridge Pair spent a few days getting "spanked" by Climbing Ridge (details of said spanking were sketchy), and then climbed a number of peaks including MacCarthy and Thorington. They arrived in base camp the day before we flew out.

Our Bill's Pass base camp location was one of the most spectacular I have experienced: amazing views in all directions, with the giant fang known as Bugaboo Spire towering 2400 feet above the Vowell Glacier, the centre piece. See xx2. With the exception of some rain one afternoon, we had near perfect weather for the third year running. As a bonus, the high elevation and breezy conditions kept the bug count to zero.

On Monday, base campers awoke to a clear and cold morning: frost on the tents and 5cm of ice...

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