Best of the Bugaboos 2018

Explore one of the premier alpine rock destinations of Canada if not the world, all from the comfort of the ACC's Kain Hut.


Calling all climbers and mountaineers! Have you always wanted to experience the alpine rock climbing paradise of the Bugaboos? Did you want another crack at a climb on your bucket list? This year is your chance. We’re running two Best of the Bugaboos camps this year, so choose the week that suits your schedule.

If you aren’t familiar with the Bugaboos, you’ll quickly see why this area is a classic mountaineering destination. The Kain Hut is located at the edge of the treeline, providing spectacular views of the valley below and the dramatic glacier above. The Bugaboo Glacier surrounds granite spires of all shapes and sizes: Pigeon Spire, the Crescent towers, Bugaboo Spire, the Howser Towers, and many others. The rock quality is amazing, and the variety of routes means that there’s something for everybody. Long, classic moderate routes (5.4-5.6) allow relatively easy access to the top of Pigeon Spire, Bugaboo Spire and many others. Harder routes will test your skills, whatever level you climb at: the Bugaboos are famous for their long, splitter granite cracks. Our low-ratio camp is staffed by professional ACMG guides. A 2:1 ratio of participants to guides means that the group can tackle harder or easier objectives as needed.

The Kain hut is a comfortable base to explore the Bugaboos. The hut provides you a kitchen with running water, a heated common area to socialize in the evenings or on rain days, foam sleeping pads, and a micro-hydro generator in a nearby creek.

Food for the camp is portered into the hut to keep your pack light on the hike in. This year, we’re getting creative with tasty backpacking meals from Happy Yak in Montreal, supplemented with local Canmore goodies. We’re able to accommodate most allergies, medical dietary restrictions and vegetarian diets. Additional surcharges apply for vegan, lactose-free, or gluten-free diets. Participants are expected to help the camp staff out with food preparation and kitchen chores. While we make every effort to ensure that our meals are nourishing and as universally appealing as possible, the nature of the camp means that we are not able to cater to individual food preferences (likes and dislikes). We take medical dietary restrictions very seriously, and will be in contact with you to make accommodations for allergies.

Level of Difficulty:Moderate

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.


  •  July 23rd - 27th
  •  July 30th - August 3rd
  • $1,995 + tax
Register Now (Week #1) Register Now (Week #2) Gear List

Camp 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 - 4 – Each of these three days you'll make an attempt on a mulitpitch trad route on the Bugaboos' magical granite. Route selection will be made by the guide based on conditions and the group's input and ability
  • Day 5 – Short climb in the morning and hike back to parking lot in the afternoon.

Gear, Food & Lodging

  • 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 (coming soon)
  • 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)
  • “The course covered everything I had hoped would be covered. I got to lead…, I got to climb steep ice (a lot), I got coaching on how to climb steep ice. I learned how to dry tool. I learned new techniques in belaying, rapping, leading, anchor systems, etc.”
  • “The best for me was adding the new skill set of dry tooling and mixed climbing. I also appreciated that Sean worked to challenge me and increase my skill level.”
  • “To me the guides stood out as the best thing. It was my first time using hired guides and I wasn’t sure how relaxed I would be with them. It was like having a very experienced friend hanging out and having fun safely.”
- Past Early Season Ice Camp Participants-

Best of the Bugs 2018 Staff