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 with a PhD in Exercise Science. He lives in the UK and has also written for Rock and Ice, Outside, UK Climbing etc. He recently led a 634km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia. See more at www.ashrouten.com.

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