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.