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Wapta Icefield Mountaineering Trip *** JUNE 2014***

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This post is designed to gauge people interest for the trip and it's not the actual trip listing. Being on the waiting list here doesn’t mean you will participate!

Please RSVP “Yes” only if you are more than 90% sure you would like to be on this trip.

If any of the current organizers would like to co-host this trip please let me know.

I am planning a 5 days mountaineering trip in June 2014 (2nd or 3rd week) on Wapta Icefield.
This trip is open to people that want to get into mountaineering or they did some stuff with a guide but they want to go on their own. This will not be a guided trip and you will be required to be involved 100% in the team.

Trip details: (Expect changes due to weather)

Day 1: Hike in Bow Hut/ ice axe skills, glacier travel and crevasse rescue practice in the afternoon.

Day 2 & 3: Climb some peaks on Wapta Icefield, possible targets: Mt. St. Nicholas (2938m), Mt. Olive (3130m) and Mt. Gordon (3203m). This will require an alpine start 4/5 AM. Also we will do crevasse rescue practice each day if the time allows.

Day 4: Traverse Wapta Icefield to Peyto hut. Climb Rhonda South on our way.

Day 5: Exit Wapta Icefield by Peyto glacier route.


Hut rates - $ 36/pers/night (Non-members), $25/pers/night (Alpine Club of Canada members), $9.8 /pers backcountry permit (+GST)

+ $ for food and some equipment that you may have to buy.

I believe the cost is fair as a similar trip with Yamnuska is $1200.

# of Participants: 6
– You have to be fit enough to get thru 5 days of intense physical and mental activities.

Equipment/ logistics:

- Bow and Peyto Huts are fully equipped with propane stoves, cooking and eating utensils. The only thing I will bring is a good knife.

- 5 days of food (dehydrated, fast cooking, high caloric, delicious, and some booze :) )

- Clothes, toiletries

- Personal climbing gear (crevasse rescue kit and glacier travel)

- Light weight sleeping bag (I used a -1C last time and I was really warm)

You will require adequate boots designed for glacier travel or alpine climbing. We will stay an average of 8 hours/day on snow so you will not want to get wet or cold feet.

It is expected from you to participate in fun activates like: washing the dishes, fetching and melting snow, cutting wood and making fire in the hut, sweeping the floors…


I am planning to have a presentation like Hiking 101 and Scrambling 101 and go over gear, clothing, food, logistics…


Also I am planning to have some indoor sessions and outdoor trips to practice: ice axe skills, crevasse rescue and glacier travel, rope skills, indoor climbing.

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