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.
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.
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.
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.
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.