Experience a night at the ever-popular Bow and Peyto huts, and travel across the Wapta Icefield under the supervision of a full ACMG alpine guide.
Photo by Adam Greenberg.
As a hiker, you've probably seen glaciers from afar. This trip gives you the chance to get up-close-and-personal with the Wapta icefield with a 3-day trip between two of our most popular skiing and mountaineering huts. You'll hike to the Bow Hut, perched just below the toe of the Bow Glacier on the Icefields Parkway, on the first day. From there, you'll review the basic rope skills that you'll need to tie in and travel on the glacier.
While the trip between Bow and Peyto is relatively simple (as far as glaciers go), the guides take your safety very seriously. Crevasses are present on the icefield, and navigation can be extremely challenging in whiteout conditions. Having an experienced ACMG alpine guide to lead this trip means that you can focus on the scenery and your own enjoyment while getting an introduction to glacier travel and techniques.
The real treats of this trip are getting to access places that are normally only possible for mountaineers: the side trip to the top of the Onion (conditions permitting) provides spectacular views of the Wapta icefield in all directions, and the Instagram-worthy Peyto Hut is only accessible via a glacier. On the third day of the trip, you'll make your way down to Peyto Lake via the Peyto Glacier and its moraines. This leg of the trip can be fairly physically challenging, involves some tricky routefinding, and may involve a river crossing (the bridge crossing the Peyto River at the bottom of the canyon washed out in 2012). Luckily, it's largely a descent from the Peyto Hut: you've gained most of your elevation on the first two days. You'll get to see firsthand the effects of climate change on this unique landscape, and get a unique, off-the-beaten-track view of the Icefields Parkway.
This trip is suitable for hikers with a moderate level of fitness. You should be comfortable hiking with an overnight pack for 6-8 hours per day, and prepared to travel off-trail on uneven ground. You do NOT need any previous glacier travel experience.
If you're looking for a place to stay before or after this Camp, the ACC welcomes all participants to join them at the Clubhouse. We’re located just outside of Canmore with breath taking views of the surrounding mountains and a cozy kitchen and common area. You can reach us most hours at 1 (403) 678-3200.