Rob Ritchie (Balfour) Hut

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Wapta Ice Fields

Open all year

$25 members, $36 non-members

82N/9 Hector Lake , Grid Reference 375157

NAD83 11U 5 377 54 57 157 65

51°35’ 30” / 116°27’ 18”

2,470 metres (8,100 feet)

From the north via either the Peyto or Bow Huts, or from the south via the Scott Duncan Hut.

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Middle of the Wapta

The Rob J.Ritchie Hut, also known as the Balfour Hut, is found on low, rocky hills at the toe of the Vulture Glacier, approximately 28 km northwest of the town of Lake Louise, AB. It is east of Balfour Pass and the Continental divide, just inside the Banff National Park boundary.

This is the half-way mark for the Wapta Traverse and is usually used in conjunction with the other huts in this chain while attempting this classic cross-glacier ski trip. Usual approach is from Bow Hut through the Olive/St. Nicholas Col then down the gentle and pleasant Vulture Glacier to Balfour Pass, where the hut sits on a section of moraine beneath the impressive bulk of Mt. Balfour.

Though most people will spend one night at the R.J. Ritchie (Balfour) Hut before continuing on to Scott Duncan, there is potential for good skiing here, especially on the Diableret Glacier which sits northwest of Mt. Balfour and makes for a fantastic run on a clear day! There is also an optional route to the summit of Mt. Gordon from this hut, which would be an excellent loop trip if combined with the normal route back towards Bow Hut. Use your imagination and some neat trip ideas will present themselves!

Other huts in the area

The Wapta Icefield is home to four ACC huts. See Whyte (Peyto), Bow and Scott Duncan huts.

Rates

Per Night Adult Member $25
Per Night Adult Non-Member $36
Per Night Child Member $12.50
Per Night Child Non-Member $18
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Facilities

18(summer) 16(Winter)
Propane stoves and propane are provide
Outhouse
Propane lighting
Unheated

Recreational Opportunities

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