Wapta TraverseWapta Traverse

This is a classic 5-day hut-to-hut traverse of the Rockies. The scenery is breath taking, encompassing about 37 Km.. We will start from Bow Lake and finish our trip at Sherbrook Lake on Highway 1 at Lake Louise lodge. We will be staying in three ACC huts; Bow Hut, Balfour Hut and Scott Duncan Hut.

Itinerary at a glance:

 1. Bow Lake to Bow hut – 8km, 390m-elevation gain, max elevation 2330m (4 to 5 hours).

2. Extra day for ski touring from hut. Transceiver practice before we head out.

3. Bow Hut to Balfour Hut – 7Km, 580m gains, 430m loss, and max elevation 2930m.

4. Balfour Hut to Scott Duncan Hut – 10KM, 520m gain, 320m loss, max elevation

5. Scott Duncan Hut to highway – 12KM

There will be opportunity to climb and ski different peaks en route.

The Huts:

Bow Hut has a large sleeping and kitchen-dining room area with wood stove. The other huts are very basic and quite small. There is no wood stove, but they stay relatively warm, because of their size. We will need to melt snow for water, or get water from a stream if it is running. All the huts have no saunas or showers.

Cost: Please Enquire

Dates: Contact me for the specific dates

Guides: Marco Delesalle

Maximum number of participants: 6 per guide.

Package Includes:

• Accommodation in the ACC Huts for 4 nights

• Wilderness pass

• All meals including a pack lunch for the day we leave.

• Guiding by an ACMG/UIAGM Mountain Guide

Fitness Level:

This is a strenuous backcountry ski tour in Alpine and mostly glaciated terrain, using alpine touring (randonne) or sturdy telemark equipment. You must be able to ski safely and controlled at all times while wearing a heavy backpack. (15kg20kg =33lb44lb) Depending on the conditions, we might have to rope up while skiing both up and downhill. You will need to be in good physical and mental condition and ready to be on your feet for about 7-8 hours. If you have any questions about your skills or fitness level, give me a call.

Meeting Place:

We will meet in Canmore, the evening before we leave on our trip. 

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