Best of the Bugaboos 2017

Dates & Price

  • Adventure Dates: July 31 – August 4, 2017
  • Adventure Rates: $1895 + tax
  • Information Package: Download Info Pack
Photo by Zac Robinson

Photo by Zac Robinson

Best of the Bugs is Full

Our Best of the Bugs Camp is now full. Fill out the registration form to get on the Wait List!


Alpine Rock Climbing Paradise

Calling all climbers and mountaineers! Have you always wanted to experience the alpine rock climbing paradise of the Bugaboos? Is this the year you tick this location off your bucket list? Or  are you keen to return for more in this area because you already know how amazing it is?

The “Bugs” are situated in the jagged Purcell Mountains and mountaineers from all over the world are drawn to the airy, glacier-sculpted granite masses that uplift into spectacular spires. Match that with the largest icefields in the Purcells and you’ve got the perfect location for an elite climbing and mountaineering camp.

Camp Comforts

This camp will have a low 2:1 guest to guide ratio. We’ll stay in the comfortable Conrad Kain Hut and all of our food for the camp will be portered to the hut for us.

Nothing but Classics

The objectives of the camp will be the true classics of the Bugs; routes such as the NE Ridge and the Kain Route on Bugaboo Spire, the Snowpatch Route and Surf’s Up on Snowpatch Spire, the Pigeon Feather Traverse on Pigeon Spire and others. If participants are interested (and prepared for a bivy), there will be an option for larger objectives such as the Beckey-Chouinard on South Howser Tower.

Planned Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Meet at 8:00 am at the general store in Brisco, BC. We’ll do an equipment check, divide up gear and organize carpooling to the trailhead. We’ll then hike 7 km to the Conrad Kain Hut. After settling in, we’ll have a short hike and safety review.
  • Day 2 – Climb
  • Day 3 – Climb
  • Day 4 – Climb
  • Day 5 – Short climb in the morning and hike back to parking lot in the afternoon.


  • Guiding throughout the camp
  • Accommodation for 4 nights at the Conrad Kain Hut
  • All meals starting with lunch on Day 1, ending with lunch on Day 5
  • All group gear listed on page 2 + 3 of the Information Package

Participants must provide:

  • Transportation to the meeting place in Brisco and onward to the trailhead (carpooling will be encouraged)
  • Breakfast on Day 1
  • Personal Gear (see equipment lists listed on page 2 + 3 of the Info Pack)

Level of Difficulty

This camp welcomes those who are physically fit and have previous mountaineering, multi-pitch rock climbing  and glacier travel experience and are looking for a more challenging, guided, low-ratio mountaineering and climbing trip in the Bugaboos.

Best of the Bugs 2017 Staff

  • Jeff-bullock

    Jeff Bullock

    Jeff Bullock is an ACMG/IFMGA mountain guide who began his career leading trips as a volunteer for the ACC and has worked as a guide since 2002. It all began when skiing and snowboarding as a teenager fueled his passion and curiosity for the mountains. Hiking and snowboarding were the gateway to rock, ice and alpine climbing and a love for guiding people from all over the world. Jeff looks forward to meeting you for some skiing, climbing and good times and adventures. Visit Jeff’s website here.

  • Patrick Lindsay

    Patrick Lindsay

    There is something to be said about great days in the mountains, and something even more when it’s the Bugaboos! I love this place and am looking forward to sharing many great days with you, my ACC comrades, during the Best of the Bugs!

    I started my guiding career after a passion of mountain travel lead me to an Adventure Guide Program through Thompson Rivers University, and then onto the ACMG’s rock and alpine guiding programs (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides). I am proud to be an ACMG Apprentice Alpine Guide, and feel fortunate to share some great days in the Bugs with great ACC members. Lets have fun, learn some skills, and leave with great memories that we can share with our family and friends! In the end, it’s all about the memories!