Take your mountaineering to the next level
This classic mountaineering trip targets the must-do giant peaks and huts in the historic and stunningly beautiful Lake O’Hara area. If you haven’t experienced this area before, you are in for a real treat! These are the peaks that first lured North American and European climbers to Western Canada and opened up the Rockies as a sought-after destination for peak-bagging in the early days of mountaineering. If you’re returning, you know the variety of peaks offered cannot all be done in one or two visits.
Classic peaks, classic climbs
Starting at Elizabeth Parker Hut, the ACC’s historic log cabin set in an enchanting meadow near Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park, we will spend three days climbing the peaks that make this area so beautiful. Possible objectives will include Odaray (3159 m), Ringrose (3278 m), Yukeness (2847 m), Schäffer Ridge (2692 m), Glacier Peak (3283 m). The routes will be a mix of scrambles to full-on 5th class climbing. Due to the technical nature of this camp, guide to participant ratio will be no more than 2:1, allowing the best learning and chances of success on our climbs.
History and hard work reveal new heights
Mid-week we’ll move our base to the higher elevation of Abbot Pass Hut, the second highest hut in North America. This stone structure that straddles Yoho (British Columbia) and Banff (Alberta) National Parks, will be our base for attempting the legendary 11,000’ers Mounts Victoria (3464 m), Lefroy (3423 m), and Huber (3368 m).
Top slider: photos by Larry Stanier, Paul Zizka, Chris Ratynski and Crystal Como.
- August 7 – Meet at the HI Lake Louise and take the 8:30 am bus into Lake O’Hara. Overnight at the Elizabeth Parker Hut
- August 7, 8 & 9 – Climb peaks around Elizabeth Parker Hut, spend 3 nights at EP
- August 10 & 11 – Move base to the Abbot Pass Hut, climb peaks around Abbot Pass
- August 12 – hike down to Lake O’Hara from Abbot Pass and catch the 4:30 or 6:30 pm bus back to the parking lot
Classic Peaks Gallery
Gallery: all photos by Larry Stanier, Lydia Marmont and Adam Burrell
Gear, Food, Lodging
Participants must provide:
- Transportation from Lake Louise to the Lake O’Hara shuttle bus (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool)
- Accommodation on the nights before and after the campPersonal gear (see equipment list in the Info Pack)
- National Parks vehicle pass (provided FREE for 2017 at any Park Gate or Park Info Centre)
Level of Difficulty
This camp is designed for climbers with intermediate mountaineering experience and a good level of fitness. Climbs will be on alpine rock, snow and ice with typical mountaineering packs each day. Access from the bus to EP Hut is a 10 minute walk and participants will be expected to help carry the food and some group gear. Access to Abbot Pass Hut is a via a steep scree slope and participants will be expected to carry a portion of food and group gear.