The Bu­ga­boos

Canada’s Pre­mier Alpine Venue

Gripped - - NATIVE STONES - Story and Pho­tos by Jon Walsh

The Bu­ga­boos are a small but spec­tac­u­lar group of gran­ite spires in east­ern B.C. They are world renown for their fan­tas­tic ar­chi­tec­ture, leg­endary pow­der ski­ing, easy ac­cess and amaz­ing alpine rock climb­ing. I’ve al­ways been in­spired from them, both as a climber and a pho­tog­ra­pher. The clas­sic routes drew me in, and helped mould me as a climber. The ob­scure aid routes and vir­gin walls be­came a place to get cre­ative while de­vel­op­ing new routes. They also helped push my men­tal and phys­i­cal lim­its while climb­ing with a core group of hard charg­ing lo­cals that would an­nu­ally make their sum­mer pil­grim­age to the Bu­ga­boos.

Doc­u­ment­ing the ac­tion on and around the routes has been a big part of my pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy. Al­though it’s been 17 years since my first epic tr ip up Bu­ga­boo Spire, it’s mostly been the past decade that I’ve de­vel­oped an in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship with the area, which will un­doubt­edly con­tinue for a long time. The fol­low­ing im­ages are a small taste of the good times that await those seek­ing high ad­ven­ture, in Canada’s pre­mier alpine climb­ing venue.

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