High Adventures at Lake O'Hara

Visit two of the ACC's most iconic huts, experience the pristine beauty of the Lake O'Hara region and maximise your chances of summiting some of the most iconic mountains of the Rockies with a 2:1 guiding ratio on this ever popular summer camp.

The stunning mountains around Lake O’Hara are some of the best that the Rockies have to offer. The classic climbs and hikes in the area were some of the first to be completed in the Rockies after the Canadian Pacific Railway opened up the area to tourism. The pristine lakes, meadows and glaciers of the Lake O’Hara region continue to be classics, attracting numerous visitors every year.

The first three days of the camp are based out of the Elizabeth Parker hut. The Wiwaxy cabin (the smaller of the two buildings on The Alpine Club’s lease) was the first hut built at Lake O’Hara, in 1912. The bigger hut was built in 1919. The historic log buildings are named after Elizabeth Parker, one of the six founding members of The Alpine Club of Canada.

The Elizabeth Parker hut offers access to mountains like Mt. Odaray (3159 m), Ringrose Peak (3278 m), Mt. Yukness (2847 m), Schäffer Ridge (2692 m), and Glacier Peak (3283 m). For the final two nights of the trip, the group will move to the Abbot Pass hut. Located on the col between Mt. Lefroy and Mt. Victoria, the hut itself offers a spectacular view down the valley towards the Chateau Lake Louise. This camp uses the hut as a base to access the classic climbs on Mt. Victoria (3464 m), Mt. Lefroy (3423 m), and Mt. Huber (3368 m). The Abbot Pass hut sits on the divide between Alberta (Lake Louise) and British Columbia (Lake Oesa).

The technical nature of this camp means that we have a 2:1 participant to guide ratio. The low ratios provide you the best possible chance of summit success and learning opportunities. Whether you’ve visited the Lake O’Hara area before or not, there are plenty of possible classic routes to keep you coming back.

Meals are a combination of tasty, dehydrated backpacking meals provided by Happy Yak foods in Montreal, and pre-prepared meals and goodies provided by local Canmore caterers. While some of the group’s food is portered into the Abbot Pass hut to keep packs light on the steep hike, participants will be asked to help out with group gear and food. We’re able to accommodate most allergies, medical dietary restrictions and vegetarian diets. Additional surcharges apply for vegan, lactose-free, or gluten-free diets.

Participants are expected to help the camp staff with food preparation and kitchen chores. While we make every effort to ensure that our meals are nourishing and as universally appealing as possible, the nature of the camp means that we are not able to cater to individual food preferences (likes and dislikes).

We take medical dietary restrictions very seriously, and will be in contact with you to make accommodations for allergies.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

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.

Details

  •  August 6 - 11, 2018
  • $2,295 + tax
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Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1: Meet at the HI Lake Louise and take the 8:30 am bus into Lake O’Hara. Overnight at the Elizabeth Parker Hut
  • Day 2 & 3: Climb peaks around Elizabeth Parker Hut, spend 3 nights at EP
  • Day 3 &4: Move base to the Abbot Pass Hut, climb peaks around Abbot Pass
  • Day 5: hike down to Lake O’Hara from Abbot Pass and catch the 4:30 or 6:30 pm bus back to the parking lot

Gear, Food & Lodging

INCLUDED
  • 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 6th and ending with lunch on August 11th
  • 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
  • Personal gear

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Lake O'Hara (Mountaineering) Camp Staff

Derek Glowacki

Darek lives in Revelstoke. He is a certified ACMG - IFMGA Mountain Guide. He instructs and guides mountain adventures year-round and holds a special place in his heart for the beauty and solitude that can be found in the Selkirk Mountains.