Bugaboos Teens Climbing Camp 2016

By Brian Patton

The year was 1916. Thirty-three year old Conrad Kain was at the peak of his climbing career as he set out on a summer-long climbing spree. When the season ended, he had led ascents of 15 virgin peaks, including some of the most difficult ever attempted in Canada, and established himself as the country’s premiere mountain guide.

I Love Jumbo Wild

One of our Bugaboos Teens participants last year, Josie Ruoss was born and raised in Cranbrook, BC. Josie is a Grade 12 student with a thirst for adventure and a deep passion for wild places. Recently, Josie was in Ottawa for the Rotary Adventure In Citizenship program. Participants were tasked with presenting on an issue. Josie chose to present on the Jumbo Valley.

Bugaboos Teens Alumni To Tackle Bugaboo Spire In Sept.

Hi Kainers,

I’m writing to invite you, the alumni of the Conrad Kain Bugaboos Teens program, to join me, Conrad Kain Society members and the Alpine Club of Canada directors at the Kain hut this coming autumn on the special occasion of 100 years since Conrad, Albert, Bess, and a John Vincent who is thought to have been a teenager or in his early 20s like you, pioneered the first ascent of the granite peak that they would name Bugaboo Spire.

Conrad Kain Bugaboos Teens Climbing Camp 2015

It wasn’t looking too good for this year’s Conrad Kain Bugaboos Teens climbing camp.

On the morning of July 25, a team of ten East Kootenay youths, three ACMG guides, a BC Parks ranger, a mountain author and I set out from the Conrad Kain hut into a light drizzle, hoping for a break in the weather.

Historic Panels to Grace Hallways of Wilmer Community Hall

CKCS member Brian Patton has just completed the text for a pair of historic panels that will be displayed just inside the entrance to the newly renovated Wilmer Community Hall. One of them features life in the first major town in this part of the Rocky Mountain Trench, Wilmer, which began its life in 1896 as the village of Peterborough. The other panel touches on the lives of Conrad and Hetta Kain, and their clients and friends, Albert and Bess MacCarthy, who lived in Wilmer and who Conrad shared many exploratory climbs with in the Purcells and Rockies.