Bugaboos Interpretive Panels

In conjunction with The Friends of Bugaboo Park, BC Provincial Parks, and with support from the Eleanor Luxton Foundation, the Conrad Kain Centennial Society has worked for the past year to create two handsome panels that adorn the walls of the Conrad Kain Hut in the Bugaboos, the Bugaboos trailhead kiosk, and CMH’s Bugaboo Lodge.

One panel describes who Conrad Kain was in the context of Canadian mountaineering, and his origins. The other goes into detail about his pioneering climbs in the world famous group of granite spires at the head of Bugaboo Creek in the Purcell Range.

The impetus to create these panels stretches back to when Hermann Mauthner first visited the Kain hut and noticed with some satisfaction that the previous Parks administration had correctly credited Conrad Kain with his ascents in the area. However, the fact that they had identified him as a “Swiss” guide didn’t sit well, and Hermann (whose birthplace was Austria) went on to eventually chair the Conrad Kain Centennial Society and this was his chance to set the record straight.