Meeting location TBD based on your travel itinerary to join us for the trip. Meeting at 700am, we'll start with a brief round of introductions and a pre-departure briefing with your Mountain Guide, which will include the following:
- Review of any expected changes to weather or climbing conditions related to our objectives in the Bugaboos
- Expected Hazards, risk management plan, and associated mitigations for the duration of the trip.
- Distribution and repacking of meal program and trip food for participants
- Distribution of any required technical equipment you require
- Presentation of physical Waiver of Liability Document & Signing.
Following the above, you and your Guide will depart. Typically from Canmore, the Bugaboos will require 3.5 hours of driving to arrive at the trail head. The last 40km of the trip requiring travel up the Bugaboo Forrestry Service Road. Depending on the year, and amount of active logging the road may require a high clearence 4x4 or all wheel drive vehicle. Check in with our Program Managers for current road conditions.
After arriving at the trailhead, the approach to Applebee Camp will take most groups an average of 3-4 hours.
The first day often requires that the team carry larger loads, and for those wanting to save their energy for the spires, portering services can be added to your trip for a reasonable fee.
Arriving at Applebee, your Guide will secure space for your tents, prepare the evening meal, and wrap up your first day with a gear sort and pack up for the following day's ascents.
Depending on the length of your trip, day between your first and last will be focused on ascents of the Spires via routes selected pre-booking or with your Guide on trip. Typically these days will follow a relitively similar flow: For summit days, early starts between 300-400am are typically required for Bugaboo Spires NE Ridge, and Kain Routes in addtion to ascents of both Snowpatch Spire and Pidgeon Spire.
Alternatively, days spent climbing on Crescent Tower, The Donkey's Ears or Eastpost Spire will allow for more civilized departure times between 6:00-7:00am.
Return time's to camp are typically between 3:00pm - 5:00pm allowing plenty of time for rest, a meal prepared by your Guide, and the opportunity to dry out gear and repack for the following days program.
Most commonly, our final trip days allow for a short (up to 6 pitch) ascent in the Cresent Spire basin before returning to camp to pack up begin the descent back to the trailhead in the valleybottom below. Commonly return trip times from camp to your vehicle or pickup will take between 2-3 hours, followed by up to a 3.5 hour return drive to Canmore or your trips original meeting location.