Bow-Yoho Traverse 2017

Dates & Price

  • Adventure Dates: #1 March 26 - April 2, 2017 (1 spot still available) #2 April 7 - 14, 2017 (1 spot still available)
  • Adventure Rates: $1,695 + tax
  • Information Package: Download Info Pack

Experience the Wapta from a different angle and come visit our newest hut!


Photo by Lawrence White – Breaking trail into another beautiful area

The Bow-Yoho Traverse is popular but less travelled than that Wapta. With the addition of our newest hut, the Louise & Richard Guy Hut, it will allow us to follow a new line on the map, living a life of luxury.  Following this route opens up new terrain and new mountains that we will be ready to explore. Be one of the first to experience this traverse in style.

Starting our camp at Bow Lake, we will spend two nights at the Bow Hut, one at the new Louise & Richard Guy Hut and two at the classic Stanley Mitchell Hut. This route will have you on two new glaciers (Yoho and des Poilus) for those that have been on the Wapta already  The days are strategic to allow opportunities for different adventures. Everyone on our camp will travel across the ice fields together, but there will also be a great deal of flexibility. The camp can be many different things to different people: participants can learn the basics of winter alpine travel, bag winter summits, do their first ski traverse or just hunt powder.

 Summit some sought after peaks

Photo by Kellen Scott

Photo by Kellen Scott

There will be time and opportunities (if you so desire) to summit some coveted peaks. Specific ski-mountaineering objectives include Mount Rhondda (3,055m), St. Nicholas (2,970m), Olive (3,130m), Gordon (3,202m), Collie (3,116m), Yoho (2,760m), McArthur (3,015m) and the President (3,138m) and Vice President (3,066m) in the Yoho Valley. Our route will take you around these peaks. As you can see there are plenty of opportunities to get up some mountains, so start your training regime now.

Each evening will be spent enjoying great food, telling tall tales in our cozy huts and recuperating for the next day’s adventures. On your way out, there are two possible exits. Each way ends at the Cathedral Mountain Chalets but the Ice Line exit, with a bit more energy on your last day, allows breathtaking vistas of the Waputnik Icefields. This decision will be made by all camp participants.

This is a revisited Camp for the ACC with a new hut along the way. We expect it to fill quickly. Sign up quickly or else you will have missed your chance for this year.

Slider photo’s by Lawrence White

Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Meet at 6:30pm in the Guides room at the Canadian Alpine Centre in Lake Louise
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    Photo by Lawrence White – Looking down Isolate Col

    Day 2 – Start your traverse at Bow Lake; Stay at Bow Hut

    • Opportunities to summit St. Nick, Mount Olive, Rhondda South or Thompson
  • Day 3 – Explore the eastern side of the Bow Yoho Traverse – overnight at Bow Hut
    • Opportunities to summit St. Nick, Mount Olive, Rhondda South or Thompson
  • Day 4 + 5 – Travel to our newest hut, the Louise & Richard Guy Hut
    • Opportunities to summit Mount Collie and Yoho Peak

    Photo by Lawrence White

    Photo by Lawrence White – Location of our soon to be hut

  • Day 6 – Travel to the Stanley Mitchell Hut over Isolated Col
    • Opportunity to summit McArthur Peak
  • Day 7 – Explore the Yoho Valley, overnight at Stanley Mitchell
    • Opportunities to summit The President, Vice President or McArthur Peak
  • Day 8 – Exit traverse by either the Ice line exit or down the Yoho Valley proper


This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, travel conditions and other factors.

Gear, Food, Lodging


  • Professional guiding throughout the camp
  • Accommodation at the CAC in Lake Louise on the first night
  • Accommodation at the Alpine Clubs Huts along the traverse
  • Meals starting with breakfast on Day 2, ending with lunch on Day 8
  • Porters to carry food into the Huts, keeping your pack lighter
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Pass
  • Group Gear (see info pack)

Participants must provide:

  • Transportation to and from start and end location (Participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool to start and end locations)
  • Dinner on Day 1 and Day 7
  • Accommodation on Day 7
  • Personal gear (see equipment list in Info Pack)
  • Parks Canada vehicle pass

Level of Difficulty

This camp is designed for people with little or no previous mountaineering experience. You must have a good level of fitness, be able to comfortably ski the equivalent of blue/intermediate runs at downhill ski areas, and be able to ski with a 16 – 18kg (35 – 40lb) pack for several hours. Participants will be expected to share in carrying of group food and gear.

From past Camp participants

“This trip had everything I wanted and more. We were blessed with good weather for an attempt on Collie, and the classic Wapta ‘Which way am I going” weather. We missed the Stanley Mitchell hut due to weather, but wouldn’t change a thing.”

– Past Bow Yoho Traverse participant

“Skiing the President was unforgettable:

– Past Bow Yoho Traverse participant


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    Dave Healey

    Dave was born Burns Lake, B.C., raised in Keremeos, B.C., now resides in the mountains of Revelstoke, B.C.  Dave is obviously in love with B.C., but also likes to explore & appreciate other mountain ranges of the world.
    Dave has worked in the mountains since 1991, starting with the Rockies around Lake Louise, then slowly moving west following the setting sun.  He has been guiding for 10 years now throughout the ranges of B.C. and the North Island of New Zealand.  He also spends the summers guiding Canada’s finest young folk on the glaciers of the Wapta Icefield, and is well acquainted with the Alpine Club hut system there.  In the quiet season, he swings a hammer as a carpenter.
    ‘Mountains are where I discover people.  I like the mountains (they are my first mistress), but the real joy is exploring, discovering & creating memorable adventures with others.  I didn’t come here to escape, but rather to immerse myself in the core values of admirable humanity.’

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    Nancy Miller

    Nancy grew up on an organic grain farm in Saskatchewan, after high school she moved to Calgary and attended Mount Royal University where she took a Bachelor of Eco-tourism and Outdoor Leadership. This is where her love of the mountains grew and she followed her heart out to Canmore. She spent a few summers white water raft guiding, and is now a full time ski bum and ski patrols at Sunshine Village. Nancy spends her weekends in the winter ski touring and in the summer rock climbing and mountain biking. Nancy likes the colour pink.

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    Kirsten Knechtel

    Kirsten was raised in Banff, AB where her passion for the mountains and mountain adventure began. Kirsten’s family were outdoor enthusiasts and by the age of 6 she began ski racing, age 10 ski touring, and by age 14 she had climbed many classic alpine routes in the Canadian Rockies. Her career as a guide was a natural step. By age 25 she was a fully certified mountain guide.

    Kirsten has a variety of guiding experience behind her. She has worked as a manager of a catskiing operation and guided many heliskiing, catskiing and private ski touring trips. In the summer she has worked with the British military training, run her own private guiding business and spent well over 10 years working at the Alpine Club’s General Mountaineering Camp, Marmot Women’s camps and other ACC programs.

    “I really enjoy sharing my love of these wild mountain places and through teamwork and adventure giving people an amazing and unforgettable trip.”

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    Brenda Critchley

    A northern Ontario gal who never returned to the bush after spending 12 summers leading teenagers on hikes, canoe  and horseback trips in the Rockies with the YMCA.  Today, when not in the mountains climbing or skiing, she teaches in Calgary, Alberta. Brenda has been a regular at the General Mountaineering Camp as camp co-ordinator and extra leader for the past 10 years. Brenda is a past member of the ACC Huts Committee. She has worked with Helen Sovdat in Patagonia, Nepal, Mongolia and other mountaineering camps with the ACC, in the Canadian Rockies. She is always looking for new adventures and sharing her energy and enthusiasm with others.

  • Chris Girard

    Chris Girard

    Chris lives in Calgary and ski guides full time for CMH, spending time between several of the lodges. At the same time Chris has a passion for long ski tours in remote areas. He especially loves the South Rockies and skiing the steeps. He often can be found singing along the up-track although he’s been told not to give up his day job! Chris loves the ACC and the great community it garners  in the mountains. He is looking forward to earning some turn with all ACC members no matter their skill level because of his passion for teaching people how to ski with more ease and enjoyment.