ACC Vancouver

Hut Bookings

ACC Vancouver Section Hut Use
and Booking Guidelines Policy

NOTE:  current COVID guidelines take precedent over some of the below points.  Refer to the previous page for these updates.  Other information below is important for your stay.

Note: The ACC Vancouver Section at anytime may make changes to any aspect of this document (including the cancellation policy or hut rates).  It is up to the user to familiarize themselves with it and review it frequently for any changes.

1       Introduction

Users are required to respect our club huts and leave the huts in the state outlined below.  Please help maintain our huts and the privilege to have the huts in these fantastic locations. Users who abuse ACC Huts or property will no longer be allowed to use them.

ACC huts are for accommodation purposes.  The Alpine club of Canada is not responsible for any damages, injures, or other that may occur as a result of their use.

Please read fully and carefully this entire document before you book and before your trip since there is a list of items that you need to bring.

2       What we supply

ACC Vancouver will do our best to have certain supplies stocked in the huts listed below. Both the Tantalus and Haberl Huts have:

  • 2 – 2 burner propane cooking stoves.  Propane provided by large tanks located outside of huts.
  • Table place settings for 12 at the Haberl, 16 at the Tantalus with a few extra serving pieces (this includes:  dishes, cutlery, mugs and glasses).
  • Pots, pans, coffee pots, strainer, serving utensils.
  • Dish soap, bleach for dish rinse water, cleaning supplies, rubber gloves
  • Propane Lanterns – small one pound green propane canisters are used. (Same as used for Coleman stoves)  Users need to take in their own canisters.Empties are to be brought out by hut users along with ALL of your garbage.
  • #21 mantels for the propane lights are kept in a plastic container in the huts.  This is to avoid mice from eating them.  In Tantalus – in drawer to right of sink. In Haberl – storage shelf.
  • Please note – the propane lanterns will no longer be provided after 2020. Effective 2021 it will be the responsibility of the hut user to provide their own LED lighting options. Strickly no open flames ie NO Candles

3       ITEMS TO TAKE IN FOR YOUR STAY

Please take in the following items that are not supplied:

  • toilet paper – don’t leave it in the outhouse as it will get used by campers
  • Hand Sanitizer – a must
  • matches or lighters
  • green propane canisters for propane lighting, (note 2021 users to provide own LED lighting
  • wood kindling and newspaper to aid in lighting the fire
  • The SOL Survive Outdoors Longer All Weather Fire Cubes $12 from MEC (code 5061-252)or another outdoor store works well to help start the fire.
  • PLEASE DO NOT USE OTHER FIRE STARTER, IT GUMS UP THE FLUE
  • Please Make sure the chimney flue, and fire box are clear of snow before lighting. 
  • tea towels – please take out when you leave
  • paper towels – useful but not necessary
  • rag to clean fire stove glass door in the Haberl Hut – please take out when you leave
  • Please make sure you take in your own emergency supplies, first aid kit and any safety measures needed by your group.  No first aid, AED, Naloxone kits or EPI pens are supplied, none of these items are kept at the huts.
  • In March until the end of the ski season, Wag Bags may be necessary for human waste removal at the Haberl Hut if the outhouse entrance is buried. Remove Wag Bags with the rest of your garbage.
NOT PERMITTED AS PER BC PARKS AND ACC VANCOUVER;
– No beer kegs or excessive alcohol
– No sound systems (and playing of loud music)
– No axes or saws
– No inflatable watercrafts (paddle boards, Explorer 200’s rafts, personal water floats, etc)
– No BBQ’s
– No smoking in or around the huts
– No bringing in of Firewood or cutting of firewood from the forest
– NO FIRES ARE PERMITTED ANYWHERE IN THE PARK.  
– DO NOT USE COOKING STOVES ON THE ANY PART OF THE DOCK OR THE STORED FLOATING DOCK if at Lake Lovely Water
– DO NOT SIT ON THE STORED FLOATING DOCK, THIS WILL DAMAGE THE FLOATS
– DO NOT REMOVE THE FURNITURE FROM THE HUTS
– DO NOT PLACE ANYTHING ON OR NEAR THE EMERGENCY HELI PAD ABOVE THE OUTHOUSE AREA AT THE TANTALUS HUT OR THE WOODEN HELI PAD OR THE SNOW EAST OF THE HABERL HUT – This interferes with Helicopter landings FOR EMERGENCIES and for passenger delivery and hut maintenance. 
– If tenting near or around the Haberl Hut please remember the designated tenting area where tents should be located is near the site of the demolished Red Tit Hut, up the rocks from the Hut moving south approximately 100m. This keeps them at a safe distance from the helipad areas.  Please do not tent directly beside or near the Haberl Hut.  Specifically on the East side of the Hut on the snow as this is designated and reserved as a helicopter landing area in accordance with BC Parks’ Aviation Plan in effect for Tantalus Provincial Park.  Helicopters land there on a regular and unannounced basis, for drop off and pick up of passengers, dealing with maintenance issues for us, supporting SAR operations or on BC Parks business. Helicopters must not be impeded in their specific choice of a level and safe landing spot in that area – whether by people or tents.
At Lake Lovely Water please camp on the designated BC Parks tent pads.  For more information on this go to the BC Parks website for Tantalus Park. 
– Tenters are not permitted to use either the Tantalus Hut or the Haberl hut, only booked in people are permitted.  At the Haberl Hut, the vestibule is kept unlocked as an emergency shelter.
– At the Tantalus Hut only booked in people to the hut are permitted to use the boats as per our Park Use Permit (PUP).  They are not rented out.   As per BC Parks, tenters must use bear canisters at Lake Lovely Water.

4       Hut Use Instructions

Shutters

At the Haberl Hut the shutters are open by loosening off the nuts outside and sliding open.  Please close on departure and replace the nut.

At Lake Lovely Water Tantalus Hut when lowering or raising the shutters, please assist them by having someone outside supporting them.  The upper bedroom loft shutters can be gently pushed open.   Please close all shutters when leaving.

 Wood Burning stoves

Flat top wood burning stoves are in each hut.  Fuel source is provided – a compressed kiln dried fir sawdust bricks supply is kept inside each hut.  Tantalus supply is kept in a brown wooden box near the stove.  Haberl supply is kept on large storage shelves.  Both huts have extra boxes of bricks under each hut sitting on pallets and covered by blue tarps. Users are asked to restock the inside storage areas at the end of their stay if the supply of boxes fall below 8.

Please make sure when restocking from under the Hut that the boxes are on the pallet and well covered up to prevent moisture absorption.  Bricks must not get wet.

Haberl Hut –Make sure the chimney flue, and fire box are clear of snow before lighting. 

DO NOT OVERLOAD STOVE WITH FIREBRICKS, FIREBRICKS BURN VERY HOT (could ruin the stove if overloaded)

Follow diagram on wall to load (3 bricks max).  A small amount of dry kindling and newspaper will aid in starting the firebricks, especially when the hut is cold.- take this in with you

Once fire is going the damper may be turned down to slow down the burning.  At night do not overload stove.  Due to downdrafts, avoid opening the stove door when the hut door is open. The hut may fill with smoke.  Haberl glass door – please keep door clean with the provided wood burning glass door cleaner found on the storage shelves.  A clean door provides better heat radiation.  When leaving the Huts please make sure; 1 the fire is out, 2 the door to the stove is closed and 3 the damper is closed.

Water can be heated or snow melted on top of the flat surface of the wood burning stove.  Please be careful not to boil dry.  When melting snow, please make sure there is some amount of water in the bottom of the pot to get the snow-melt started, otherwise the pot will burn.  For further information on how to melt snow – Google it.

DO NOT DRY ITEMS ON TOP OF THE STOVE OR HANG ITEMS NEAR THE STOVE

No open flames in Huts or around Huts “NO CANDLES” and “NO SMOKING”

 

Cooking Stove Instructions

Turn on the propane valves on the outside tanks first then the valves close to stove. To ignite, depress and turn knob to the light position and it will click and ignite. Stove use instructions are also posted on the wall of the Huts.

Valves must be turned to the off position at the end of your stay at the tank and at the stove end.

Washing dishes

Wash dishes in hot soapy water and rinse in hot water with a drop of bleach, air dry on dish rack. Hut users must take in tea towels and washcloths as they are not provided.

Haberl Hut – note: in winter and early spring, please make sure bucket is placed under the drain of the kitchen sink for water capture and empty outside in the designated location away from the Hut.  See diagram in the Hut.

Fires

The Tantalus Hut is within a BC Provincial Park.  Fires are absolutely forbidden at all times around the Hut and the entire area including the sandbar.  BC Parks has rangers that check the area regularly. The Haberl Hut is situated on the Park boundary and it also has a no outside fire policy.

Please do not touch Search and Rescue equipment – used for emergency situations only

Cellular coverage:

Tantalus – usually can be picked up at high point on the rock beyond the outhouse on the emergency helipad.

Haberl – try just outside the hut door or at the high point on the snow in the saddle to the East.

Boats and Canoes on Lake Lovely Water

Use of the boats and canoes are for Hut renters only.  Campers will ask to use them, or they may just take them.  To avoid disappointment for your own use, please keep paddles and life jackets inside the vestibule at all times when not in use.  Bring them up to the Hut after each use.  It is strictly against our Park Use Permit (PUP) to rent or loan the boats and canoes to campers.

There is no day use of the boats or canoes for ACC members or the public who are not booked into the Hut.  It would dilute the use from the 16 people renting the Hut and go against our PUP.

Hut user groups – please organize boat use amongst yourselves for fair sharing so all may enjoy.

The boats and canoes must be locked when not in use. (PUP requirement)

The Huts must be locked if no one is in them to avoid campers or others in the area from entering.

During your stay please take note of cleaning supplies and firebricks remaining, fullness of the honey pots, and any problems that you may have encountered and email to mountainhutsbc@gmail.com with any observations or concerns from your stay.  Your input helps us run our Huts.

Tantalus Hut Outhouse – BC Parks provides a urine diverting toilet (UDT) for area users. Please follow the user guidelines posted. It is the responsibility of the users to keep the facility clean.

PROPANE TANKS – it may be necessary to switch out a propane tank during your stay. Please follow procedures posted in the Hut.

 

Haber Hut – OUTHOUSE BARRELS DURING YOUR STAY

It may be necessary to switch out  the outhouse barrel.

Barrel changing is easy and can normally be accomplished by two people. The entrance to the barrel chamber is on the side of the building where there is a small door.  A headlamp is a good idea to see the level of contents.  You will find gloves inside the barrel room for use during moving the barrel.  Please hang the gloves back onto the hook DO NOT THROW GLOVES INTO THE BARREL AS GARBAGE!!!!

Please check the barrel status at the beginning of your stay and  switch out if necessary. Instructions are posted on the wall of the outhouses and inside the hut.

Please be respectful of the natural environment and only put human waste and toilet paper inside the outhouse honey pot.  If peeing outside the outhouse use the area as seen on a diagram inside the hut, please do not leave tissue, carry it out.

Winter – It is NOT cool to leave a poo volcano for someone else to deal with.  A stick  located in the outhouse can be used to break it down. The men’s urninal is not available in winter, please pee outside at the designated pee area as seen on a diagram inside the hut.

ANY GARBAGE THROWN INTO THE BARRELS CREATES PROBLEMS WITH THE PUMP OUT COMPANIES  PUMPING SYSTEM, INCREASING THE COSTS HUT MAINTENANCE AND REFUSAL OF THE PUMPING COMPANY TO COME AGAIN.  

5       Clean-up Instructions

Please note:

  • Hut users must take out all garbage.
  • DO NOT leave any food behind – nothing.  Take it all out at the end of your stay.  This will help eliminate garbage accumulation and minimize mice and other rodent problems.
  • Make sure the fire is out before you leave.  The stove door and damper should be closed.
  • Before you leave: Wash all dishes and put them away.
  • Wash down the counters and tables with hot soapy water and a touch of bleech
  • Sweep the floor.
  • Haberl Hut during the winter months.Empty the grey water bucket in designated location (see diagram in hut) and replace it under kitchen sink.
  • Turn off propane valves outside at tanks and at the stoves indicated on the wall instructions.
  • Please Lock the hut upon your final departure if you are the last group leaving. Rotate the dials on the lock.

6       ACC Vancouver Section Huts Booking Guidelines and Reservation Policy Overview

Please read this page fully and carefully.  It has important and updated information.

Please note rates  for the Huts as of June 1, 2020.

Please note that you must have a confirmed reservation to stay at the Huts.

Your reservation is not confirmed until:

  1. You are requested to send in full, an e-transfer payment to mountainhutsbc@gmail.com
  2. You have received a confirmation email of receipt stating your party is booked.

**Please ensure that you bring a printed copy of your confirmation with you to the Huts for verification by an ACC Vancouver custodian/representative.

PLEASE PLAN AHEAD.

Please understand you will be contacted as quickly as possible and your email requests will be held in sequence to keep the process fair.  It may take from three to seven days for your reservation request to be processed.  We recommend booking at least 7 days in advance. We will do everything to accommodate.

Please follow our guidelines specifically and provide the requested and mandatory information.  If all the information is not provided you risk the chance of your email being discarded or delayed at our discretion.

Please e-transfer your full payment once requested, to: mountainhutsbc@gmail.com
Once full payment has been received you will receive email confirmation.

Changes to your booking must be relayed to mountainhutsbc@gmail.com to update our records and membership status. There will be no partial refund if your party size decreases.  It is up to the person making the booking to refill the spot and notify us at  mountainhutsbc@gmail.com using your original confirmed booking email.

It is the responsibility of the group booking person to read all the Booking and Hut use guidelines and to ensure all group participants have also. Any cancellation must be made by email using the original confirmation email, to mountainhutsbc@gmail.com

The access code will be sent to you 1-5 days before your stay dates or at the time of confirmation.

NOTE very important:

Hut access codes are changed frequently.  Therefore following the procedures outlined will ensure you and your party will have access to the Huts.

In order to ensure compliance with booking and hut user guidelines ACC Vancouver hut custodians (2) will  do make site visits to the Tantalus and Haberl Huts.  These ACC custodians, executive members or Park Rangers may be present on any given day and may stay inside the Hut.   General supplies may be brought in, repairs, or checking of the outhouse barrels/switching out/flying out of them.   The custodian will be provided with a list of usernames to perform a check and verify who is booked into the hut. If people are found to have abused booking guidelines or abuse our property they will no longer be welcome to use our huts.

– DO NOT PLACE ANYTHING ON OR NEAR THE EMERGENCY HELI PAD ABOVE THE OUTHOUSE AREA AT THE TANTALUS HUT OR THE WOODEN HELI PAD OR THE SNOW EAST OF THE HABERL HUT – This interferes with Helicopter landings FOR EMERGENCIES and for passenger delivery and hut maintenance. 
– If tenting near or around the Haberl Hut please remember the designated tenting area where tents should be located is near the site of the demolished Red Tit Hut, up the rocks from the Hut moving south approximately 100m. This keeps them at a safe distance from the helipad areas.  Please do not tent directly beside or near the Haberl Hut.  Specifically on the East side of the Hut on the snow as this is designated and reserved as a helicopter landing area in accordance with BC Parks’ Aviation Plan in effect for Tantalus Provincial Park.  Helicopters land there on a regular and unannounced basis, for drop off and pick up of passengers, dealing with maintenance issues for us, supporting SAR operations or on BC Parks business. Helicopters must not be impeded in their specific choice of a level and safe landing spot in that area – whether by people or tents.
At Lake Lovely Water please camp on the designated BC Parks tent pads.  For more information on this go to the BC Parks website for Tantalus Park. 
– Tenters are not permitted to use either the Tantalus Hut or the Haberl hut, only booked in people are permitted.  At the Haberl Hut, the vestibule is kept unlocked as an emergency shelter.
– At the Tantalus Hut only booked in people to the hut are permitted to use the boats as per our Park Use Permit (PUP).  They are not rented out.   As per BC Parks, tenters must use bear canisters at Lake Lovely Water.

7       Booking:

First and last names, emails, cells numbers for the person making the booking as well as everyone in your booking MUST be supplied on the booking form to have it processed.  If not fully filled out it will be discarded without notice.

Helicopter company name must be provided – if applicable

ACC Vancouver Section Members may book for a members only group ,6 months in advance of the booking date.

Non-members may book for themselves 3 months in advance of the booking date.

Section Trips/Courses please contact huts@accvancouver.ca for your potential booking dates as soon as possible.  The cancellation policy applies.

Guides: please contact huts@accvancouver.ca for your potential booking dates and rates starting Nov 1 for the following winter.  Please ensure that you have all requisite information to improve your chances of success. The cancellation policy applies.  Please ensure you are a current ACC Vancouver Section Member to book.  Please make sure you have the appropriate PUP for your company.

Commercial Film shoots please contact huts@accvancouver.ca for your potential booking dates and rates.  Please ensure that you have all requisite information to improve your chances of success. The cancellation policy applies.  Please ensure you have the appropriate BC Parks permits if shooting inside the park.

The ACC Vancouver Section does not allow overnight camping is the vicinity of our Huts. And day use of the Huts or boats is not permitted. Dogs and other pets are not allowed inside of our huts.

If camping in the vicinity of the Haberl Hut please make sure it is at the Old Red Tit Hut site as this will not interfere with the Helicopter access and risk your tent being blown away.  Only BC Parks Tent Pads in the vicinity of the Tantalus Hut can be used for camping.  See BC Parks website for up to date use of these pads.

Maximum group size per booking for both Huts is 6, for a maximum of 4 nights per booking.

8       COSTS

During the season of July 2, 2020 – Sept 30, 2020 when the huts close the new COVID guidelines and costs are in place as well as a new cancellation policy.  It is your responsibility to read them before requesting a booking.  These are outlined on the first page.  We hope next season we may be able to return to the old costs and cancellation policy if COVID ends.

Tantalus Hut

ACC Vancouver members      $25 per night

non-members                          $35 per  night

Haberl Hut

ACC Vancouver members      $30 per night

non-members                          $40 per night

ACC Vancouver membership must be current and will be verified for a rate reduction.

** Please note that all monies collected go towards ongoing maintenance and improvement of the Huts.  Each year many days of labour go into hut improvements and this is made possible by the contributions of our users and our wonderful volunteers.**

Maximum number of beds in the Tantalus Hut is 16.  Haberl Hut 12.

ACC Vancouver custodians, representatives or Park Rangers (2) may also be staying at the Huts AT ANY TIME.

NOTE very important:

Hut access codes are changed frequently.  Therefore following the procedures outlined will ensure you and your party will have access to the Huts.

9       CANCELLATION POLICY

During the season of July 2, 2020 – Sept 30, 2020 when the huts close the new COVID guidelines and costs are in place as well as a new cancellation policy.  It is your responsibility to read them before requesting a booking.  These are outlined on the first page.  We hope next season we may be able to return to the old costs and cancellation policy if COVID ends.

The cancellation policy with regards to an 80% refund (20% is a nonrefundable booking fee) is given up to two weeks prior to going in (Do not include the day of travel in as one day) and 50% of the remainder up to two days prior to going in (do not include the day of travel in as one day), then 0% after that.  Weather is not a consideration for cancellation and guests should monitor the weather and communicate with your Heli company, boat company or hiking partners if that is your method of travel to make your decisions depending on which hut your are going to.   Ex. Going in on a Sat then to be eligible for 50% of the remainder back you would need to cancel up to midnight of the Wed before as the full Thurs Fri up to midnight Fri night would be the two days prior to travel.  Cancellation requests MUST be made by e-mail to mountainhutsbc@gmail.com  using your confirmation email by the person who booked.

There will be no partial refund if your party size decreases.  It is up to the person making the booking to refill the spot and notify us at mountainhutsbc@gmail.com 

Any requested/approved refunds at a minimum may take one month to occur and will be issued by cheque.

Professional Guides please advise your clients of this policy and advise them of Trip Cancellation Insurance options. Due to the increase costs of maintenance all users of the Huts including Guides will need to pay the Hut fee. The ongoing financial support of all users especially for the Haberl Hut will continue to pay tribute to Jim Haberl to keep his hut in working order.

10   HOW TO MAKE A RESERVATION REQUEST

Step 1:  Fill in the reservation request form below

  • MUST Include the first and last names, emails, cell numbers of all of your group members.
  • Include any ACC Vancouver Section membership numbers with those names.  (will be verified)(does not apply to other sections). (To get ACC Van Sec discount, membership must be supplied at the time of booking. No adjustments after booking complete)
  • Ensure that your date requested is in the Month/Day/Year format, as people have missed reservations because they used the wrong format.
  • Must provide the name of the Helicopter company you are flying with.

Step 2: Pay the Whole Fee  when requested to do so Note: this takes place in a separate step.

11   Confirmation

In a timely fashion, goal within 3-7 days, you will receive an email confirming your request and, if possible, your booking.

Print a copy of your confirmation with the understandings included. This will be proof of your booking for posting inside the Hut on the clipboard provided so custodians or representatives of ACC Vancouver Section may verify your authorized presence.

Make sure you have read our cancellation policy.

NOTE: Your booking will be cancelled, and no refund given and no further use of the Huts should your booking or use have any deception associated with it. IE: taking in more people than what you booked for. Claiming member discount when you are not a member.  Accessing the Huts without permission.

12   Understandings

Users will need to be aware of and accept to be able to book the Huts:

  • I have read and understand the ACC Vancouver Section Huts Use and Booking Guidelines Policy.
  • I understand the Tantalus mountain range is extremely complex in nature. Navigating the terrain is very demanding and requires a strong group with extensive backcountry experience and impeccable decision making. There are large expanses of steep, open terrain, multiple overlapping avalanche paths, and minimal options to reduce exposure. Unless you’re absolutely confident in the skills of your group, please consider hiring a professional guide
  • I understand that the route from Tantalus Hut to Haberl Hut is not accessible by summer trail and involves travel over glaciated and other hazardous terrain.
  • I understand the people using the boats at Tantalus Hut at Lake Lovely Water will use the provided life jackets and for children please take in your own lifejackets and if no life jackets are available people will not use the boats.
  • I understand the outflow creek adjacent to the Tantalus Hut is deep and fast flowing and adults should closely monitor children.
  • I understand the area around the Tantalus and Haberl Huts is rugged and not suitable for children.
  • I understand that I and all of my group are responsible for removing all of our garbage.
  • I understand that dogs (or other pets) are not allowed in the Huts.
  • I understand  that I have fully read the Hut Use and Booking guidelines document for important information relevant to my stay and the upkeep of the Huts and that I have ensured the people in my booking have read them also.
  • I understand the risks involved with backcountry travel, and realize that navigation to and from the Tantalus and Haberl Huts, as well as proper safety management for this trip, is my responsibility.
  • I understand that ensuring potable drinking water is my responsibility
  • I understand after March 1st until the end of ski season, Wag bagsor another method of Human waste removal at the Haberl Hut maybe required to be taken in as a backup should the outhouse be buried by snow or otherwise not accessible.  All waste to be flown out along with all your garbage upon departure.  (Wag bags can be purchased at MEC or other outdoor stores)
  • I understand the ACC Vancouver Section at anytime may changes any aspect of this document (including the cancellation policy or huts rates).  It is up to the user to familiarize themselves with it and review it frequently for any changes.
  • I understand mine and my groups cell numbers and emails are required for booking and will be given to search and rescue/emergency services or to COVID tracking services should I or someone in my group or on our behalf initiates a search or one of us becomes ill with COVID.

By continuing to the booking system I confirm to have read the above and agree to all terms.

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