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Teens Climbing Program 2020

Since 2009 the Conrad Kain Centennial Society has promoted the legacy of Conrad Kain by offering a free-of-charge three day camp aimed at exposing teens to the rich mountaineering history in the region.

The camp is run annually, and supported by various organizations (including the Alpine Club of Canada) in order to keep it free-of-charge. Chairman Pat Morrow, climber and photographer, has hosted successful ACC camps in the past and continues to stoke the fire by getting others out and into the big hills, despite complications surrounding Covid.

2019 Bugaboos Teens Climbing Camp

Bookended by a drenching hike to the alpine hut, and a heart-stopping dip in a snow-rimmed tarn, the 11th annual Bugaboos Teens climbing camp turned out to be one of the best.

So much so that Jona Craig was moved to write, “Thank you so much for this amazing trip! The guides were great and I met some really cool people. I learned a lot and had a great time in the mountains.” 

This year, six of the 10 participants (grades 10 – 12) hailed from Kimberley, one from Cranbrook, three from Golden, and alas, none from Invermere where the program originates.

10th annual Bugaboos Teen climbing camp

Many thanks as usual to our stalwart ACMG guides, Jennifer Olson, Tim McAllister, and Kirk Mauthner for steering us clear of crevasses and other, metaphorical, pitfalls on our way to the lofty viewpoints of the Hound's Tooth and East Post spires. Warden Chris, from BC Parks, along with his colleagues Ray and Garret, and ACC custodian Alastair were welcome tag-ons. As usual, the Alpine Club of Canada was a heavy hitter, laying on crash pad space at the Conrad Kain hut for the entire team.

Mt Farnham

Following a brutally early “subalpine" start in Wilmer, Kirk Mauthner (ACMG guide who has worked with our CKCS Teens Climbing Camp since the first one in 2009) and I lurched onto the summit of Mt Farnham via the seldom climbed south ridge, and were back home, door to door, in 15 hours.

Canadian Geographic Magazine

Our friend Ivan Petrov’s photo of the Hobnails and Hemp Rope film re-enactment of Kain’s climb of Bugaboo Spire last year made the cover of Can Geo. 

Here’s a note he shared on the project’s FB page: "On behalf of our project and film team we'd like to wish all Canadians a Happy 150th Birthday! We've had great pleasure sharing our #BugabooSpire#FirstAscent centennial story of following in #ConradKain's footsteps over the course of the 23 film screenings that we've had to date across the country and as far as #NewZealand, #Russia and #Austria over the past months.”

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