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West Ridge of Pigeon Spire – Bugaboos Classic

West Ridge of Pigeon Spire – Bugaboos Classic

After getting weathered off the approach to the Beckey-Chouinard the day before our successful ascent, we slogged dejectedly back to camp in search of a consolation prize; the West Ridge of Pigeon, a classic 5.4 ridge traverse that none of us had ever climbed. We started soloing at 6pm and were up and down the mountain in under an hour. I can’t understand why anyone would bust out a rope for this climb, but some folks apparently do. Abigail found the climb too easy and invented a variation that involved a bizarre down-crack belly crawl au cheval – I’ve never seen that before. My buddy felt the urge to do a cartwheel on the third class slab traverse – I then cajoled him into a somersault which almost ended in AINAM. A quick glissade back to camp for some quinoa and veggies rounded off the day …

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Jesse James is a Canadian rock climber, venture capitalist, futurist, philosopher, technologist, physicist, vegan, social activist, nutrition researcher, adventurer, writer and (sometimes) poet.

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