Ben Ferris (Great Cairn) Hut

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Northern Selkirks, at the base of Mt. Sir Sandford

Open all year

$25 members, $36 non-members

82N/12 (Mount Sir Sandford); Grid Reference 390269

51°41’ 24”-117°52’ 54”

1,890 m (6,200 ft)

Helicopter flight from Golden

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Ben Ferris (Great Cairn) Hut

The mountaineering and alpine rock climbing in the Adamants, Gothics and Sir Sandford ranges is excellent. Mt. Sir Sandford itself, the highest peak in the Selkirks, is a classic mountaineering objective and without a doubt the biggest attraction of the area. The hut can also be used as a ski touring objective from the Fairy Meadow Hut or as a base for excellent ski touring in the Sir Sandford area itself.

Situated on a bench with a “front row seat” for the many moods of Mt. Sir Sandford, and built from stones from the area, the Great Cairn Hut is one of the most picturesque huts the ACC operates, as well as one of the most spectacularly positioned.

The hut sleeps six people quite comfortably, has a mouse-proof wooden food locker and a small table with four stools. There is a small wood burning stove for heat, but firewood is not supplied.

From its location on a red bedrock bench, 4 km NNW of Mt. Sir Sandford in the heart of the Northern Selkirk Mountains of B.C. Access to the hut is via either of two long overland routes involving extensive glacier travel or via helicopter from Golden, B.C.

Other Huts in the Area

The Fairy Meadow Hut is a long day’s travel north of the Great Cairn. The trip is commonly done in both summer and winter, but involves extensive glacier travel – mountaineering experience is essential.

Rates

Per Night Adult Member $25
Per Night Adult Non-Member $36
Per Night Child Member $12.5
Per Night Child Non-Member $18
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Facilities

6
Coleman stove - bring white gas
Outhouse
Coleman lanterns - bring white gas, mantels
Wood stove, wood not supplied

Recreational Opportunities

Summer
Winter