Weekend Warm-Up: Re-enacting the First Climb of Bugaboo Spire

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The Bugaboo Spire climb team in early 1900s dress. Photo: Ivan Petrov / Canadian Geographic

Earlier this week, we reported on the upcoming expedition to re-enact with traditional gear the 1920s attempts to climb Mount Waddington, the highest peak entirely in British Columbia.

This week’s video comes from the same group of Canadian climbers. It follows their similar re-do of the 1916 first ascent of Bugaboo Spire, a short but technical granite obelisk in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains.

The film shows the hardships that yesterday’s mountaineers endured, and the nerve required to climb with such rudimentary equipment.

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Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK. He juggles a day job as a public health scientist with a second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, international magazines, and on various websites. Major bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Porsche, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

He holds two degrees in Exercise and Health Sciences, and a PhD in Public Health.

His areas of expertise are polar expeditions, mountaineering, hiking, and adventure travel. In his spare time Ash enjoys going on small independent sledding expeditions, outdoor photography, and reading adventure literature.

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