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.

About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.

Read more at www.ashrouten.com

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