Best. Trip. Ever. Bugaboos Part 1



It doesn’t really get better than the Bugaboos.

I’m continuing on my work from a coffee shop, sleep by a dirt road summer. My research work has been quite good and productive, more on that shortly, and the climbing has been nothing short of stellar. With all of my summer expeditions, I’ve never really had the chance to go to a lot of the areas in North America that have been on my mind. I’ve also been able to develop quite a bit as a rock climber.


Howe Sound north of Vancouver

After my fieldwork in BC finished up, I headed to Squamish, just north of Vancouver for some rock climbing. There, I met up with Hamik, who I’d climbed with in the Alps, and Natalie, a mutual friend of some of my climbing friends and a complete animal in the mountains. After a couple days of climbing on the perfect granite of Squamish, Natalie and I headed out and geared up for the long drive to the Bugaboo Provincial Park, located in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains.


The Bugs are one of the most picturesque places I’ve been, and are relatively civilized despite their true alpine character.

First views of the Bugaboos

First views of the Bugaboos

After a long drive over narrow dirt roads, we packed up, making sure to line our vehicle in chicken wire to prevent porcupines and other critters from chewing on anything or hitching an unauthorized ride down to civilization. We’d booked a stay at the beautiful Kain Hut, so we were able to pack light without stoves and camping gear and splurge on delicious food for our stay.

Porcupine-proofed vehicles

Porcupine-proofed vehicles

The hike up to the Kain Hut was steep but relatively short and we settled right in cooking dinner and sorting gear for the next day’s climb.


The Kain Hut

The Kain Hut

I have too many photos from last week, so I’m gonna milk this over a few posts. Next major outdoor stop will be Wyoming and Montana where I teach a field course for Stanford sophomores.

An American Pika. Pikas are one of the species most threatened by climate change and it was great to see so many below the glaciers.

An American Pika. Pikas are one of the species most threatened by climate change and it was great to see so many below the glaciers.

5 thoughts on “Best. Trip. Ever. Bugaboos Part 1

  1. Tom Pike


    The old rock climber you met in Nepal checking in. I love your adventures and pictures. The Joshua Tree rock climbing season will be starting soon (I was climbing out there last weekend between T-storms). Feel free to contact me if you ever want to make a trip out to J.T. My climbing partners and I may not be able to lead the really hard stuff anymore, but we are more than happy to follow. Take care of yourself and keep writing about your adventures.


    1. Hari Post author

      Hey Tom,
      Thanks again for following along. And I don’t climb very hard myself. Moderates are awesome. I’ll let you know if I’m ever down around J Tree!


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