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Heli-hiking in B.C.’s Bugaboo Mountains

A glimpse into the world of heli-hiking in B.C.’s Bugaboo Mountains, some of the most inaccessible peaks on Earth
  • Aug 31, 2014
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Reaching the tops of British Columbia’s mountains during the golden dusk and dawn hours is key for landscape photographers trying to capture the best shots. But rather than climbing mountains, photographers can choose heli-hiking instead, flying quickly up to summits while the lighting is still good.

“Getting avid shutterbugs into places where they can see glorious vistas … is a big attraction of heli-hiking photo workshops,” writes Canadian Geographic Travel Editor Aaron Kylie in his story on the Bugaboo Mountains in the fall issue.

Last year, heli-hiking company Canadian Mountain Holidays took Kylie, photographer Neil Ever Osborne and several lucky photogs to some of the hardest places to reach in Canada. As Osborne’s photos in this slideshow demonstrate, the images are well worth the heli-hike.

To learn more about heli-hiking in B.C., read Kylie’s Bugaboos blog on last year’s adventure.

Photo Essay

To see more photos of the bugaboos photos and read Kylie’s story, pick up the Fall issue of Canadian Geographic Travel on newsstands.

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Hikers at the toe of Vowell Glacier. (Photo: Neil Ever Osborne)
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212 lands in Bill’s Pass, with guide Ryan Bavin holding packs. (Photo: Neil Ever Osborne)
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Alpine 212 lands at Tamarack Glen, with guide Lyle Grisedale holding packs. (Photo: Neil Ever Osborne)
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Headwaters of Vowell Creek, with north face of Bugaboo Spire in the background. (Photo: Neil Ever Osborne)
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Canadian Mountain Holidays’ Bugaboo Lodge. (Photo: Neil Ever Osborne)
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Dining room of Bugaboo Lodge, with a view of Bugaboo glacier and spires. (Photo: Neil Ever Osborne)
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Alpine heli approaches Powder Pig Ridge for evening shooting. (Photo: Neil Ever Osborne)
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(Photo: Neil Ever Osborne)
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Photographers Jim Barber, Aaron Salus, Lee Horbachewski and Dave Butler (left to right) on Kain Ridge. (Photo: Neil Ever Osborne)
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First light hitting the Pigeon Feathers. Hoodstooth Peak is a prominent peak coming out of Bugaboo Glacier. (Photo: Neil Ever Osborne)
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Forest near Bugaboo Lodge, south side of Blackforest Ridge. (Photo: Neil Ever Osborne)
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Cobalt Lake from Black Forest Ridge. (Photo: Neil Ever Osborne)
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(Photo: Neil Ever Osborne)
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