Best of the Bugaboos

Types: Alpine, Climbing, Climbing and Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Summer

Region: Kootenays

Best of the Bugaboos

Join us this summer and explore the Bugaboos, one of Canada’s premier alpine climbing destinations! With a wide variety of alpine & rock routes of all grades on the picturesque granite spires there's something for everyone.

Best of the Bugaboos

Classic routes, aesthetic granite lines, stunning summits, majestic glaciers: The Bugaboos have it all. The area is also home to two of the famous ’50 Classic Climbs of North America’: The uber classic NE Ridge of Bugaboo Spire (5.8) and the iconic Beckey-Chouinard route on South Howser Tower (5.10c). We’ve been heading into the Bugaboos every year for almost a decade and the place still calls us back!

So join BlackSheep this summer for an opportunity to tag some classic summits, get a taste of alpine rock climbing or for another shot at that bucket list climb. Stand on the summit of the Crescent Towers and take in the surrounding spires and tumbling glaciers. Tiptoe around the gendarme on the classic Kain route up Bugaboo Spire. Cruise up beautiful granite cracks. Challenge yourself with exhilarating exposure as you cross exposed rock ridges.

Mountaineering & Alpine Climbing:

The Bugaboos is an ideal area alpine climbing and mountaineering. There are a wide variety of mixed snow and rock routes of various grades on the local granite spires including:

  • NE Ridge Eastpost Spire, 4th class
  • Pigeon Feathers traverse, 4th class
  • West Ridge (Pigeon Spire), 5.4
  • East Ridge (Marmolata), 5.6
  • Lion’s Way(Crescent Towers), 5.6
  • Kain Route (Bugaboo Spire), 5.6
  • Ears Between (Crescent Towers), 5.7
  • NE Ridge (Bugaboo Spire), 5.8
  • Wildflowers (Snowpatch Spire), 5.9
  • Bugaboo Corner (Snowpatch Spire), 5.9
  • Surf’s Up (Snowpatch Spire), 5.9

Upcoming Trips:

Summer 2022 - Available Upon Request

4 Days
Group Size1 - 4 people
  • 1 Climber: $3,899.00
  • 2 Climbers: $1,999.00

Contact us for exact dates or to plan a custom trip.

Booking Notes:

Other trip length options also available – please contact us for information.

Fine Print:

  • A $500 deposit is due upon booking
  • The final payment due 30 days prior to the trip
  • Trips subject to 5% GST
  • We highly recommend Travel & Medical insurance
  • Be sure to look over our Booking Policies
  • Participants will be required to sign a Waiver

This trip will be customized to match with your goals and objectives. As a result the itinerary is really up to you. However, here are a few samples to get you thinking:


    Ratio: Maximum of 4 guests / guide
    Day 1: Drive from Golden and approach hike to Cobalt Lake
    Day 2: Scramble Northpost Spire
    Day 3: Hike over a small glacier to Applebee Dome campground
    Day 4: Scramble NE Ridge of Eastpost Spire then back to Golden


    Ratio: Maximum of 2 guests / guide
    Day 1: Drive from Golden and approach hike to Applebee.
    Day 2: Pigeon Spire via West Ridge (5.5)
    Day 3: Bugaboo Spire via Kain Route (5.6)
    Day 4: Crescent Spire via Lion’s Way (5.6) then drive back to Golden


    Ratio: Maximum of 2 guests / guide
    Day 1: Drive from Golden and approach hike to Applebee.
    Day 2: Snowpatch Spire via Buckingham or Snowpatch Route (5.8)
    Day 3: Bugaboo Spire via NE Ridge (5.8)
    Day 4: Crescent Spite via Ears Between (5.7) then drive back to Golden


    Ratio: Maximum of 1 guest / guide
    Day 1: Drive from Golden & hike to Applebee
    Day 2: Bugaboo Spire via NE Ridge (5.8)
    Day 3: Hike to East Creek, optional climb on Pigeon Spire (5.4)
    Day 4: Beckey-Chouinard (5.10, 22 pitches) & descend back to bivi site
    Day 5: Walk-out and drive back to Golden
    * This itinerary will incur additional costs for the lower ratio and extra day

Best of the Bugaboos
Select a Departure:


  • World Class Alpine Climbing
  • Amazing Views
  • Bucket List Destination
Types Alpine, Climbing, Climbing and Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Summer
Region Kootenays
Season July through early September
Prices From $1,999.00

Difficulty: Difficulty: Intermediate Intermediate

Moderate fitness, Beginner to Strong-Intermediate Ability

What's Included

  • ACMG Certified Guide
  • 3 Nights at the Campground
  • Transportation to the trailhead from Golden
  • Meals while in the field
  • Group equipment
  • Black Sheep Adventure Sports hat

What's Not Included

  • Personal equipment (some rentals are available)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Porters to transport food and equipment in
  • Optional helicopter flight in

Planning a personal trip and want to know what to bring? Check out the Bugaboos Essentials article.

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