Snowpatch Spire and Pigeon Spire seen at sunrise from the base of the Crescent-Bugaboo Col.
Bugaboo Spire seen from near where we started the scramble up to the col.
Bugaboo Spire under morning alpenglow.
Snowpatch Spire under morning alpenglow.
Alpenglow on Snowpatch, Pigeon, and Bugbaboo Spire seen from the slot we scrambled up to reach the col.
Bugaboo Spire and its spectacular NE Ridge seen from the top of the chute we climbed to access the col.
Looking NW from the Crescent-Bugaboo Col towards Wallace Peak, West Peak, Snafflehound Spire, Archduke Trio (low, foreground), Spear Spire, and East Peak.
Looking NW from the Crescent-Bugaboo Col towards Spear Spire and East Peak.
Bugaboo Spire and its spectacular NE Ridge seen from the col.
Bugaboo Spire and its spectacular NE Ridge seen from the base of the snowfield on the approach.
The first pitch of the NE Ridge (5.7-5.8).
Starting up the first pitch of the NE Ridge (5.7-5.8)
Looking down from the top of the first pitch. I went a little off-route, making it harder than 5.7-5.8, but it still worked out!
Looking down onto the chutes that access the Crescent-Bugaboo Col.
Alec leading up the fun P2 of the NE Ridge (5.6)
Looking down towards Applebee Camp from the NE Ridge of Bigaboo Spire.
Snowpatch Spire seen from P2 of the NE Ridge of Bugaboo Spire.
Alec atop P2 of the NE Ridge of Bugaboo Spire.
Alec leading P3 (5.7)
Following P3 (5.7)
Starting up P4 (5.6)
Looking down P4 (5.6)
The final bit of P4 (5.6). Fun carefree fist jams!
Crescent Towers from the NE Ridge of Bugaboo Spire.
Stellar 5.7-5.8 variation to P5, rather than starting with the cl. 4-5 chimneys.
Alec leading the fun P5 crack variation to the chimneys.
Alec leading the fun P5 crack variation to the chimneys. The pitch traverses into the chimney on the right and ends above the projecting block.
Alec back in the chimney on P5.
Alec at the end of P5.
Looking down the fun crack variation on P5.
Climbing the final bit of easy chimney on P5.
We had the route to ourselves, amazingly. (by Alec LaLonde)
Looking down from atop P5.
Starting up P6 (cl. 4-5 chimneys). These next few pitches were so-so. Not nearly as fun or challenging as the lower pitches.
More chimneys. P6
Alec following up the chimneys. P6
Nearing the final 5.7 crux, behind the blocks, on P8. Climb to the right and into the corner behind.
Following Alec as we simul-climbed the remainder of the route (cl. 4-5). P9-P10
Looking back on the wet mossy and gritty terrain as we traversed to the summit on the west side of the summit ridge. Don't go this way!
Alec atop Bugaboo Spire, with the Howser Towers behind.
Looking over to the second summit of Bugaboo Spire from the first summit. You traverse to the prominent V-Notch to reach the rappels and Kain Route.
Howser Towers from atop Bugaboo Spire.
South Howser Tower from atop Bugbaboo Spire.
Cool arete and face on North Howser Tower.
Snowpatch Spire from atop Bugaboo Spire.
If you see this on the summit ridge traverse, climb up to tag the North summit!
If you see this looking back on the summit ridge traverse (ledges on the right), climb up to tag the North summit! The easiest way up might be to the left.
The V-Notch one must climb through to reach the rappels on the Kain Route. The South Summit is on the right.
Looking down to The Gendarme from the V-Notch and first rappel.
Looking back to the South Summit from the V-Notch rappel.
Me at the base of the first rappel down from the V-Notch. (by Alec LaLonde)
Alec at the second rappel before The Gendarme. The climbing here is easy but just exposed enough that I requested that we stay roped up.
Massive tat rap anchor.
A lone figure emerges on the Kain Route.
A lone figure emerges on the Kain Route as clouds blow over Bugaboo Spire.
Alec reaching the third rappel at The Gendarme.
Looking up after the 5th short rappel. The Gendarme is above.
Climber leading the Gendarme.
Allister the hut caretaker leading a friend up the Kain Route on Bugaboo Spire.
Looking up the most interesting part of the Kain Route.
Alec soloing extremely exposed cl. 4 terrain as we descended the Kain Route.
Looking back on the beautiful rock of the Kain Route.
Alec downclimbing the Kain Route. Snowpatch Spire and Pigeon Spire are above.
Looking back on the Kain Route.
Beautiful Rock on the upper pitches of the Kain Route.
Looking up interesting granite joints on our 6th and final rappel.
Snowpatch Spire from the Kain Route.
Sunshine Route and Bugaboo Corner High Res Panorama form the Kain Route.
Pigeon Spire seen from the Kain Route on Bugaboo Spire.
Descending the lower cl. 2-3 portion of the Kain Route.
Howser Towers seen from the Kain Route.
Great photo op on the descent! (by Alec LaLonde)
Great photo op on the descent!
There were many ornate summit kairns like this one marking the scramblng portion of the Kain Route.
Sunshine Route and Bugaboo Corner High Res Panorama from the Kain Route.
Tierd summits of Snowpatch Spire.
Lone climbers crossing the ? glacier.
Howser Towers cloud generator.
Brenta Spire, Crescent Spire, and Crescent Towers seen from the Bugaboo-Snowpatch Col.
Crescent Towers seen from the Bugaboo-Snowpatch col.
Crescent Spire, with Brenta Spire peeking up behind.
Climbers on the Sunshine Route.
Crescent Towers seen on the descent from Bugaboo-Snowpatch Col.
Sunshine Route and Bugaboo Corner High Res Panorama from the descent of the Bugaboo-Snowpatch Col.
Snowpatch Spire seen from the base. You can see much of Bugaboo Corner and the Sunshine Route.
Kain Hut stairs.
Kain Hut lower sleeping level.
Kain Hut upper sleeping level.
Kain Hut kitchen.
Kain Hut dining area.