We saved the best for last…after a few marginal weather days, we finally had a perfect window on our last day.
Climbing the Northeast Ridge of Bugaboo Spire is really only the start of this adventurous day.
After twelve or so pitches, one reaches the north summit, but the traverse to the south is wildly exposed and a bit complicated…requiring a cheval technique—scooting along the ridge as if you were on horseback.
Then comes the descent of the Kain Route, a long and complicated traverse of the entire mountain before returning down the Bugaboo Snowpatch Col.
Natalie and I had no issues, but it certainly took a full day to figure out the little tricks of the route.
After returning to the Kain Hut, we gathered our things and hiked out by headlamp. Thanks Bugaboos–you’re the stuff dreams are made of!