Alpine Rock Trip Reports

Beckey Chouinard Bugaboos South Howser Tower


The Beckey-Chouinard (5.10+, TD+, Grade V) is one of the most spectacular alpine climbs in North America, boasting flawless splitter cracks, a stunning position, and outrageous scenery above magnificent glaciers. We climbed it as a three-person team on one 70m rope, with Abigail tied in on a butterfly knot. I was expecting the route to take seven hours camp-to-camp, but ... Read More »

The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers – Fluffy Kitten Wall, Squamish


Conditions as of June 2015: Exceptionally dry conditions this spring made for an early season on this climb, which normally seeps until late July. I climbed it June 16 2015 and the climb was entirely dry, with only a slightly damp section on pitch 1. The cracks are somewhat mossy as one would expect from a north wall subalpine route, ... Read More »

I Got Bit By the Mouse’s Tooth: A Lesson in Sketch


by JESSE JAMES …. Having gotten spanked last week on Slesse’s Northeast Buttress (I was trying to bring an absolute beginner up the hill, only her third time rock climbing), I felt like my ferocious love affair with alpine climbing was suddenly turning sour. Slesse was a real breakup with the mountains, so I needed a rebound climb and turned ... Read More »