Experience the Wapta from a different angle, and come visit our newest hut!
The Bow-Yoho Traverse is popular, but less travelled than that Wapta. The addition of our newest hut, the Louise & Richard Guy Hut, 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, two at the new Louise & Richard Guy Hut and two at the classic Stanley Mitchell Hut. This route will take you over two new glaciers (Yoho and des Poilus) for those that have been on the Wapta already. The days are strategically planned to allow opportunities for different adventures. Everyone on our camp will travel across the icefields 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 sought-after peaks
There will be time and opportunities (if you so desire) to summit some coveted peaks. Possible 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 camp filled up quickly last year! Register soon to avoid disappointment.
Slider photos by Lawrence White
- Day 1 – Meet at 6:30pm in the Guides room at the Canadian Alpine Centre in Lake Louise
Day 2 – Start your traverse: ski into Bow Hut via Bow Lake
- Opportunity 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, Mount Ayesha, and Yoho Peak
- 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 Iceline exit or down the Yoho Valley
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 Passes
- 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