Natalia and I went backpacking in the Bugs to check out the beautiful alpine area. Too cool for words
really, but I'll try to do it justice.


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This is a view that you can only get with a 50 km drive across sub-standard gravel. In our
case, it also took a launch over a tree, but not everyone's that lucky. In the centre is Snowpatch
Spire and to the right is Bugaboo Spire.


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The view from Natalia's car. Note the logs holding up chicken wire. That's in place to keep the
porcupines and raccoons from eating your brake and gas lines. Yeah, that's for real. Apparently,
they like the taste of the rubber.


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Natalia, getting ready for the hike in.


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The "Before" picture. This was Natalia's first backcountry camping trip. Did I mention that I'm not
always the best at gently introducing Natalia to new activities?


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Natalia with Snowpatch Spire visible.


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One of the nice meadows on the hike into the park. I don't know how anyone can look at this and say
anything other than, "Wow".


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A panoramic showing both Snowpatch and Bugaboo.


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In Natalia's words, "Why are we hiking up here? Just to see some more rocks and snow?" She may or may
not have totally dehydrated and overheated. Sigh, I need to get better at spotting the signs. A nice
shot of Snowpatch Spire though.


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There was a ladder to get up one section that was particularly steep.


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There were also some chains in places.


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A rare smile with Bugaboo spire in view.


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The Conrad Kain hut was just in time!


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Natalia and I went for a wander after her "nap". We went down to the glacier's edge to have a peak.
You can see the Gendarme here.


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A nice view into the valley from whence we came.


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The Bugaboo Glacier.


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Another shot of Snowpatch Spire.


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Yours truly looking out into the valley.


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The toe of the glacier.


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The actual view from the outhouse at the Boulder camp site. Seriously.


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We liked it so much, we played with my camera to add some comments.


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The Conrad Kain hut with Bugaboo Spire in the distance. Conrad Kain got the first ascent in 1916.


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A panoramic shot of the same.


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Natalia, nimbly walking her way down the trail back to the car.


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Bugaboo Spire and I. I think I will have to return with higher ambition, higher skill, and some rope.


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Natalia and I and Bugaboo Spire.


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Nothing feels better while camping than washing your feet. This is Natalia smiling after thoroughly
cleaning her feet in a glacier-fed stream.


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One of the bridges on the trail back to the car.


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This area doesn't suck at all.


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Natalia, enjoying the descent on the ladder, knowing that she likely won't be back here for awhile.


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More ladder descending.


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YAY, we made it back in one piece! The trip, while not incurring park fees and only $5 each a night of camping
fees wound up costing a little more since someone (possibly me) decided that Natalia's Golf had plenty
of clearance to drive over a fallen tree. Right, let's work on making better decisions next time.

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