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By Jeff Maurin
Mar 18, 2013
Jeff's head on Yvon's Body (Thanks Marty(r))
Hi All,

I'm flying into Calgary around midnight, planning on landing, getting a car, and driving to the trailhead.

Does anyone have suggestions for a late-night grocery store?

Thanks, Jeff

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By AnthonyM
Mar 18, 2013
Maroon Bells-Bell Cord Couloir
What routes are you shooting for on the Bugaboos?

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By Alan Ream
From Lafayette CO
Mar 18, 2013
Breakfast of Champion slacker climbers.
Well it's been a while but I am pretty sure you have several hours of driving ahead of you - why not pick up groceries in Golden in the early morning?

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By Martin le Roux
From Superior, CO
Mar 18, 2013
Stairway to Heaven
Sobeys on Country Hills Blvd in NE Calgary is open 24 hours and it's only a few minutes out of your way. But why not find a cheap motel in Calgary and get a good night's sleep? If you land at midnight and try to drive straight to the trailhead from the airport you won't get there until the next morning.

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By David.Jones
Mar 18, 2013
You probably aren't driving within 45 km of the trailhead until at least June

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By johnthethird
Mar 18, 2013
Alan Ream wrote:
Well it's been a while but I am pretty sure you have several hours of driving ahead of you - why not pick up groceries in Golden in the early morning?


Im pretty sure Golden is bad beta, being out of the way.

Invermere (slightly less out of the way) is not far. But highly doubt you'll find anything open 24hrs there.

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By AnthonyM
Mar 19, 2013
Maroon Bells-Bell Cord Couloir
David.Jones wrote:
You probably aren't driving within 45 km of the trailhead until at least June


Thats what I was thinking... We went in June a few years ago and the road was crap-we had to navigate around a few snowdrifts even then... I was just curious about where he was heading... Might've been a rude question (his project or something?)...

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By Jeff Maurin
Mar 19, 2013
Jeff's head on Yvon's Body (Thanks Marty(r))
Thanks all for the info. The trip is planned for late July, so hopefully we will be able to get to the trailhead - or I'll need to pack differently for a looooong hike. Currently planning on climbing B-C on S. Howser, NE Ridge on Bugaboo Spire, SE Corner of Snowpatch Spire. Still working on route choices and back-up options.

We are planning on driving direct from Calgary so that we would get to the trailhead in the early AM, hike up to the Kain Hut, take it easy the rest of that day and get to bed early that night.

Does anyone's experience tell them that that is a bad idea? I had not thought seriously about staying in Calgary and doing the drive/hike on the 2nd day, but that has some advantages.

It is all about minimizing the vacation days, maximizing the climbing days!

Thanks, Jeff

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By Cor
Mar 19, 2013
black nasty
Radium is nearest the trailhead road... But it is a small town.

The road may be better done in the day light to navigate the ruts and bumps in a car.
Calgary is a nice big city, with many options for getting food and booze...
When we went, we stopped in Calgary to get fuel at the mtn.equip.coop. The canada rei. They had fuel cans, mtn meals, etc. then right within the block was a large liquor store and grocery store. You do have to pay a one time ten dollar membership fee at the mtn.coop...

The drive from Calgary to trailhead road is about 3.5 hrs if i remember. Then the trailhead road is 30miles long aprox... @ 10 to 20mph..

Hope this helps, have a great trip!

Oh one other thing. Skip the hut, stay at the applebee camp area. Staying at the hut adds an hour uphill to the approach of say bug spire.

Maybe do the classic on bug spire first. Then you will know condition of col, and get a view over to the howser area to get an idea on conditions... Also applebee to howser area is a few hours jaunt..

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By Brian
From North Kingstown, RI
Mar 19, 2013
The nearest grocery store to the start of the lumber roads is probably Radium Springs. You have to go through there on your way to the trailhead. Golden is out of your way.

Brian

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By Martin le Roux
From Superior, CO
Mar 20, 2013
Stairway to Heaven
Jeff Maurin wrote:
TWe are planning on driving direct from Calgary so that we would get to the trailhead in the early AM, hike up to the Kain Hut, take it easy the rest of that day and get to bed early that night. Does anyone's experience tell them that that is a bad idea?... It is all about minimizing the vacation days, maximizing the climbing days! Thanks, Jeff


Either way you're not get any climbing done the first day, so why the rush to get to the trailhead? Otherwise you're just going to disrupt your sleep cycle by driving through the night.

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By Alan Ream
From Lafayette CO
Mar 20, 2013
Breakfast of Champion slacker climbers.
I stand by my suggestion with Golden. I have climbed at the Bugs twice and both times, I have ended up in Golden for one thing or another (Radium too, which is great for hot springs soaking). Golden is a nice sized town with several ammenities including breakfast and groceries and looking at the map - either way you go - you will be doing some backtracking. Also the suggestion for the Applebee camp is a good one. Martin has perhaps the best advice - rest that first night and work your way in there the next whole day. Have a great time up there - such a fantastic place.
Applebee camp.  Helicopter bringing in stuff for a Marmot Party.  1997?
Applebee camp. Helicopter bringing in stuff for a Marmot Party. 1997?

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By Jeff Maurin
Mar 20, 2013
Jeff's head on Yvon's Body (Thanks Marty(r))
Martin, I hear what you are saying. Thanks for the advice.

We are pushing so that we can get to the hut/Applebee early in the day so that we can scout around and get a good lay-of-the land to make the most of the following day.

Alan, nice pic! We'll see what makes sense for stocking up.

Given that we have not been there before, we'll likely leave at least the logging road portion of the drive until daylight.

Thanks all!

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By Greg Corn
Mar 20, 2013
I was in the Bugs two summers ago, not sure how much the road changes but 10-20 miles per hour is about right.
If you land at midnight another option is to drive to Dead Mans Flats about 10 minutes east of the town of Canmore and stay at the Bighorn Motel, maybe if you book/call now you could get good deal, its cheapest in valley and clean, $50 in winter. Get a bottom room, walls are thicker.
Loads of breakfast options in Canmore, then drive to Radium, then north to Bugs road. All that driving plus the amazing hike up to the mountains will take much of your day and give you a huge time to rest.
There is a 24 hour Walmart superstore in Deerfoot Mall close to the airport, or the Sobeys like someone mentioned too.
The MEC, our REI, is open at 10am if you need gear.
Bring a toque, can get cold up there anytime.

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By Greg Corn
Mar 20, 2013
Or drive 10 minutes from the airport to this convient OK hotel:
360panorama.ca/ambassador/

Another cheapie for the city, great food in Lens Den Pub downstairs, has a bit of a rough exterior but it's fine, I lived for years two houses behind this motel, no crime i know of, just blue collar boys hanging about.
You will need to book ahead though if you want a room in July.

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By thehackattacks
From Park City, UT
Jun 3, 2014
Jason and Jorden "Thehackattacks" on the summit of the Grand Teton.  (Pedzoldt Direct through the upper Exum) August 2012.
We are going in August but we need some advice: driving from Calgary to the Bugs, is a 4WD vehicle required? Car rental is expensive but even MORE expensive if we take an SUV. What's that road like? Would a regular car be able to make it? Advice? Eh? Eh?

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By Martin le Roux
From Superior, CO
Jun 3, 2014
Stairway to Heaven
thehackattacks wrote:
What's that road like? Would a regular car be able to make it?


It's been a few years but I've taken a regular car there several times. Just drive carefully.

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By will smith
From boulder
Jun 3, 2014
Are the brake line eating porcupines still a problem, are there enough fences for all the cars if so?

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By Martin le Roux
From Superior, CO
Jun 3, 2014
Stairway to Heaven
will smith wrote:
Are the brake line eating porcupines still a problem, are there enough fences for all the cars if so?


Just a guess, but I think you'll find enough chicken wire lying around that you don't need to bring any yourself. Try calling the Alpine Club in Canmore and see what they say.

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By Jeff Maurin
Jun 3, 2014
Jeff's head on Yvon's Body (Thanks Marty(r))
Last July we did not need 4wd. There was plenty of wire, though had to scrounge a little for logs to hold it up in the full parking lot.

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By AnthonyM
Jun 5, 2014
Maroon Bells-Bell Cord Couloir
In late May we needed four-wheel drive (huge dips/tire trenches/etc) but many people said that the road smoothes out as the season progresses. Amazing place. I would go back in a heartbeat (NOT IN MAY THIS TIME!)

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