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.”

2017 CKCS Teens Climbing Camp

Thanks to all the “Kain Teeners" for being such good rope partners, and to our ACMG guides Tim McAllister, Jen Olson and Kirk Mauthner for once again leading us safely across the slippery slopes of high adventure.

"Hobnails & Hemp Rope"

On Nov 24 the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff had a great turnout of mountain cognoscenti (a euphemism for ol' farts :) for the opening of an exhibition of photographs by Ivan Petrov, the official photographer on the "Hobnails and Hemp Rope” expedition to Bugaboo Spire. A team of friends from the Toronto section of the ACC spent a soggy week last summer with vintage gear and clothing from a century ago in an attempt to re‐enact one of the most storied climbs in Canadian mountaineering.

Bugaboo Spire ACC/CKCS 2016 Centennial Finale

Throughout this rain and snow-fraught summer, there have been several creative initiatives to mark the centennial of the first ascent of Bugaboo Spire, one of B.C.’s most iconic peaks.

Only one confirmed team of climbers reached the top on the actual anniversary, August 29. ACMG guide Marc Piché (co-author of the climber’s guidebook, “The Bugaboos”), and three teammates braved the inclement weather that day to nail the century milestone.