Ben Ferris (Great Cairn) Hut

Ben Ferris (Great Cairn) Hut

The mountaineering and alpine rock climbing in the Adamants, Gothics and Sir Sandford ranges is excellent. Mt. Sir Sandford itself, the highest peak in the Selkirks, is a classic mountaineering objective and without a doubt the biggest attraction of the area. The hut can also be used as a ski touring objective from the Fairy Meadow Hut or as a base for excellent ski touring in the Sir Sandford area itself.

Situated on a bench with a “front row seat” for the many moods of Mt. Sir Sandford, and built from stones from the area, the Great Cairn Hut is one of the most picturesque huts the ACC operates, as well as one of the most spectacularly positioned.

The hut sleeps six people quite comfortably, has a mouse-proof wooden food locker and a small table with four stools. There is a small wood burning stove for heat, but firewood is not supplied.

From its location on a red bedrock bench, 4 km NNW of Mt. Sir Sandford in the heart of the Northern Selkirk Mountains of B.C. Access to the hut is via either of two long overland routes involving extensive glacier travel or via helicopter from Golden, B.C.

At A Glance

Location
General: Northern Selkirks, at the base of Mt. Sir Sandford
Map and Grid Reference: 82N/12 (Mount Sir Sandford); Grid Reference 390269
Hut Elevation: 1,890 m (6,200 ft)
GPS: 
Lat / Long: 51°41’ 24”-117°52’ 54”
Rates
Open: Open all year
Rates: $30 members, $40 others

Access
Quick Description: Helicopter flight from Golden
Elevation Gain to Hut: 
Approach Time: 
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Other Huts in the Area

The Fairy Meadow Hut is a long day’s travel north of the Great Cairn. The trip is commonly done in both summer and winter, but involves extensive glacier travel – mountaineering experience is essential.

Hut Bookings

  • Reservations arerequired at all ACC huts.
  • ACC membership is not required to book huts. ACC members can book 12 months in advance. Non-members can book 30 days in advance
  • Call 403-678-3200 ext 0 to make a booking. We are open 8:30 am to 9:30 pm daily.
  • Please read our cancellation policies and consider cancellation insurance for your trip.

Rates

Per Night Adult Member $30
Per Night Adult Non-Member $40
Per Night Child Member $15
Per Night Child Non-Member $20

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Facilities

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Mattress pads provided, bring your own sleeping bag
Propane stove – bring propane (green canister)
Outhouse
Coleman lanterns – bring white gas and spare mantels
Wood stove – firewood is not provided
Snow melt

Recreational Opportunities

Summer
  • Mountaineering
Winter
  • Ski Touring
  • Ski Mountaineering

Access

Access in summer and winter is via helicopter. Travel arrangements through Alpine Helicopters in Golden (250-344-7444).

Printable detailed approach description

References and Links

The Hut Experience

Staying in a backcountry hut is a shared, rustic experience. Sleeping, kitchen and living areas are communal, and foam mattresses, cooking and eating utensils are provided. Guests area expected to bring their own sleeping bags, food and personal items.

All of our huts are user-maintained, meaning that the custodial work of keeping the hut clean, chopping firewood and shovelling snow is done by the guests. The ACC provides major service and renovations to all of our huts each year to ensure they are in good repair.

Enjoy this video of the solitude of the Great Cairn Hut in winter. From our good friends at Arc’teryx.