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Massive Rockfall on South Howser Tower in Bugaboos

No one was injured, but climbers going to the Bugaboos should be very cautious

Jeff Bodnarchuk of Banff caught a spectacular rockfall event this week while in the Bugaboos. In the photos below, you can see a large section of the South Howser Tower collapsed.

It’s too soon to tell if The Beckey/Chouinard has changed, but anyone heading in should be very cautious. Bodnarchuk noted that some climbers in camp ran for their lives, but no one was injured.

The rockfall dusted the Minaret which is the tall buttress to the climber’s right of The Beckey/Chouinard where a number of climbers have been projecting routes this summer.

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It’s been a rad week in East Creek! The Minaret finally dried enough to get on the proj, and it looks like I’ve opened a large can of worms! It’s a little terrifying climbing each new pitch not knowing if the next ones going to go and I think I cracked a rib ripping beaks on a solo aid whipper yesterday 🤪. Stoked to go back in with @johnpricephotography and @m.t.pratt on Sunday and see what’s coming on the upper wall! Its going to be so SICK if/when it goes!!! – @arcteryx @petzl_official – #mine #climbing #splitter #headwall #minaret #eastcreek #bugaboos #newrpute #butcrack #crackclimbing #alpineclimbing #dedosalcielo #fingerstothesky #iwish #alpinism #canada #granite

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