High Adventures at Lake O’Hara 2017

Dates & Price

  • Adventure Dates: August 7 – 12, 2017
  • Adventure Rates: $2,295 + GST
  • Information Package: Download Info Pack

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Take your mountaineering to the next level

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Mount Schäffer – Jeff Stewart

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.

Can you name all the peaks and find the two huts? - Jeff Stewart

Abbot Pass and the Lake O’Hara area – Jeff Stewart

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.

Camp Itinerary

Lake O'Hara Peaks - Click to Enlarge

Lake O’Hara Peaks – Click to Enlarge

  • 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


  • Guiding throughout the camp
  • Five nights accommodation at the ACC’s Elizabeth Parker Hut and Abbot Pass Hut
  • All meals beginning with breakfast on August 7, ending with lunch on August 12
  • Bus transportation to/from Lake O’Hara
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Passes
  • All group gear

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.