Our Sept 1972 drive up to the Bugs was nearly the crux of the trip. The only way we made it in was: the puddles and ruts froze up at night.
In 1972 porcupines were not the problem in the parking lot.
My 1967 Chevy after the UHAUL box was opened by the dreaded grizzly of Bugaboo Lodge.
After four days some Canadians showed up and informed us that the dreaded
Grizzly of Bugaboo Lodge had broken into our locked
car-top carrier and spread the uneaten contents
around the parking lot.
After they shared the bear’s rather impressive history of local camp and car raids; we got to walk out in a snowstorm/rainstorm the next
afternoon. Of course we had fresh Grizzly tracks,
steaming bear feces, and finally impressive thumping
noises in the surrounding forest.
And a lightning story for Reilly:
Second trip in -----1975? The first objective was E. ridge of Bugaboo. We stayed in the hut, and around 10:00 PM, after a great thunderstorm-------the door banged open.
Suddenly a pack flew through the portal, and landed in an open area. Then, the packs owner stomped into the hut and yelled: “I’m never f*#kin climbing in the Bugs again.”
He and his party were just down from the thunderstorm, and had climbed and survived: E. Ridge of Bugaboo, in a big lightning storm.
Of course, Chris and I had already committed to that route for the next day.
E Ridge Bugaboo from Crescent.
Iced up Pigeon Spire after a Thunderstorm/ice storm.
I had to laugh at this. Fact is, its in worse shape now! BC Parks has been defunded to near death status. Logging road is ok up to the CMH Lodge, then the last 2km, which is BC Parks domain, hasn't seen a grader in a decade.
one funding project BC Parks did float a while back was a via ferrata accessing the Bug / Snowpatch col, up some rock ribs. The idea was to avoid the new chossfest resulting from glacial recession. I thought it had some merit but popular opinion shot it down.