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Bugaboo Spire
This photo will be published in a new book to be released next year regarding classic climbs. I have added quite a few Pigeon and Snowpatch Spire photos along with a page for Pigeon, but this is a rappel we were doing on descent of the NE Ridge of Bugaboo Spire, IV, 5.8. A photo was requested of the climb and I had tons of ascent pics en route and one of my partners on the climb told me he thought this was the best pic of the bunch even though I had already cataloged it and thus it was not in consideration. The more you study it, the more it grows on you. I am usually not that fond of rappel photos. Just one of many raps down the Kain route which you use as your descent from the NE Ridge route which is one of the 50 North American Classics. This has become such a popular route, by Canadian standards, I could have sold coffee and donuts at the start of the climb and made a small fortune this day. Bugaboo Provincial Park, August 25, 2006.


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Posted Oct 11, 2006 12:07 am



Voted 10/10

...what Corax said.

Beautiful, beautiful shades, colors...!
Posted Oct 11, 2006 1:02 am



Voted 10/10

Very nice photo!!I attached it into the album "views to keep...".
But I don't like the position of signature,I would rather see it in the corner...it's my opinion...
Still great photo!
Posted Oct 11, 2006 3:12 pm



Voted 10/10

I want credit for being the rappeller! :-) Just kidding Dow, as I previously said, it's my favourite picture out of the hundreds, I'm really glad you submitted it somewhere.
Also small correction, it's the Kain route (Conrad Kain, not Kane). Pretty sure it's the first rap off the top.
Posted Oct 12, 2006 1:23 am



Voted 10/10

super shot Dow,

Posted Oct 12, 2006 9:09 am



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+ wow :))
Posted Oct 12, 2006 10:49 am

Digglernice shot- question...


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What kind of camera/lens did you use? I like the somewhat distorted effect.
Posted Oct 12, 2006 7:44 pm

DebF'in' Cool!


Voted 10/10

That's some wild stuff out there! So very cool.
Posted Oct 12, 2006 10:18 pm

MountaingirlBCI want


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Posted Oct 12, 2006 11:09 pm

mvsnice shot!


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Congratulations on the book photo!

My friend's harness had a component that broke with a sudden SNAP! when he was on this rappel. It was okay, but we all had our hearts in our throats!
Posted Apr 25, 2007 4:01 pm

Dow WilliamsRe: nice shot!

Dow Williams

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Thanks. Todd Skinner was not so lucky. They do need to be replaced once in a blue moon. A cheap piece of gear for what they do.
Posted Apr 25, 2007 4:31 pm

Dow WilliamsRe: This pict is...

Dow Williams

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Thanks Jeff...you take as many as I do, you get lucky once in awhile...cheers
Posted Nov 5, 2007 11:11 pm

AJonesGreat shot


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Brings back lots of memories - got my rope stuck one time on the gendarm rappel
Posted Nov 11, 2007 6:12 pm

BrunoFantastic shot...


Voted 10/10

...thanks for sharing!
Posted Dec 18, 2007 11:22 am



Voted 10/10

That picture looks very similar to the one on Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills 7th Edition.
Posted Apr 22, 2008 9:43 pm

mountainmanjohnTruly great view


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I think its one of my fav pictures. The high Alpine feel, airy, cool and clear. Good rock, and an overall great feel. Boy do I wish I was there. (and could take a pic like that)Thanks.
Posted Jun 17, 2008 8:15 am

Dow WilliamsRe: Truly great view

Dow Williams

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Thanks John, taking photographs in the Bugs is like shooting fish in a barrel, it is such a majestic place...cheers
Posted Jun 17, 2008 9:15 am



Voted 10/10

Probably my favorite picture on this entire site
Posted Aug 3, 2009 4:20 am

Dow WilliamsRe: Fave

Dow Williams

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thanks, ironically heading back into the Bugs this next week....Cheers
Posted Aug 3, 2009 9:49 pm

BLongAwesome photo!


Voted 10/10

Great perspective coming down an amazing climb. Good work.
Posted Sep 1, 2009 11:48 pm

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Dow WilliamsSubmitted by Dow Williams
on Oct 11, 2006 12:03 am

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Object Title: Bugaboo Spire

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