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Dates and Prices

Private climbing departures are very popular and are available from late June to Early September. Please visit our Bugaboos Ascents page for more details.


$1995 CDN covers guided climbing and instruction, hut fees, out-trip meals and use of specialized group climbing gear.

Not included: Transportation, Canmore accommodation, Goods & Services Tax (GST).

Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.

More climbing: Yamnuska guides and instructors are also available for private climbing in the Bugaboos and elsewhere before and after the program.

Is it for you?

Participants need prior basic mountaineering and rock climbing experience. You must be fit and in good physical shape capable of completing long climbing days.

Bugaboos Granite

The 'Bugs' in Bugaboo Provincial Park, British Columbia are one of North America's most famous alpine climbing areas. This world renowned alpine paradise with its awesome granite spires, beautiful glaciers and lush green valleys, attracts alpinists and climbers from around the world. And for good reason! Our bugaboos climbing trip will help you get to know this area while receiving instruction from our certified climbing guides.

The objective of this program is simple: climbing and instruction on the area's famous classic rock routes with our guides. In addition to Bugaboo Spire, Pigeon Spire and Snowpatch Spire, there are many enjoyable climbing routes on other nearby granite spires. Yamnuska's Bugaboos Climbing Guides have extensive knowledge of this area and its climbing routes.

This trip is designed for intermediate rock climbers who also have some mountaineering experience.


Our Approach: Guiding and Instruction 

We have set up the guide ratios to allow us to adjust to your climbing ability and personal objectives. You may prefer to just get out and climb or you may prefer a little more emphasis on instruction, either way our 'small team' approach will allow you to get the most out of your week. Climbs will be chosen to give you the right amount of challenge and to showcase the climbing this area has to offer.

The trip objective is to provide the opportunity to climb challenging routes for all levels of ability and to provide instruction in alpine rock climbing techniques. Instruction will focus on those skills needed for safe, efficient travel over 3rd, 4th and 5th class terrain.

Program Agenda 

Day 1:  We meet in Canmore at 7:30 am (or at Radium Hot Springs at 10:00 am). We drive to Bugaboo Provincial Park (about 3 hrs), then hike up to the Kain Hut (about 3 hrs).  You are bound to be blown away by the location.  The hut sits perched high on a bench above Bugaboo Creek. Just to the east, the Bugaboo Glacier gouges past Marmolata Spire to plunge in a broken frenzy of ice to the valley floor.  It's behind the hut though that the scene explodes, for dwarfing otherwise spectacular spires nearby are the huge granite walls of Snowpatch and Bugaboo Spires.

Day 2-5:  We split into small groups based upon climbing ability, experience and personal objectives.

Objectives may include but are not limited to:

  • Pigeon Spire: West Ridge (the best 5.4 route in North America!)
  • Bugaboo Spire: Kain Route (5.7), N.E. Ridge (5.8)
  • Snowpatch Spire: S.E. Corner (v. long 5.7), S.W. Corner (classic 5.9), Krauss-McCarthy (5.8), plus many other good routes
  • Crescent Spires: Lions Way (5.6), McTech Arete (5.10), Between the Ears (5.7)
  • There are also several other less known routes offering great climbing at different levels.
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