The Alpine Club of Canada

Huts Operated by the Vancouver Section

For booking Huts and for general info, contact Ron Royston at home (604) 921-8164.

JIM HABERL HUT

Open
: Year round.

Reservations: Required.

Access on Foot: Take the trail to Lake Lovelywater, carry on past Lambda Lake, then follow a mountaineering route up steep scree & snow to the Ionia-Serratus Col. Cross a small glacier northwards to the Serratus-Dione Col. Access to the Lake Lovely Water trail requires crossing the Squamish River. For boat service across the river, call Jay Bricknell at 604-815-9647 or 1-866-466-2628. Cost $50 per person. Typically leaves Brackendale at 9 am & returns 4-5 pm.

Access by Helicopter: Squamish Airport direct to hut. Contact Black Tusk Helicopters (604-898-4800) or Blackcomb Helicopters  (Squamish Base tel. 604-898-1067) for prices and info.

Fees:

ACC members: $15 per person per night (Please send Ron a photocopy of your membership card)
Non-members: $25 per person per night
Day users: Donation of $10 per person is requested.

The Jim Haberl Hut was built on site during the summer of 2005 and spring of 2006 by the ACC and Jim’s family and friends. Prefabrication of the hut frame was completed with the assistance of the 192nd Airfield Engineers during the summer of 2004. See also Jim Haberl Hut for more description and photos of the hut.

The Jim Haberl Hut is a welcoming and comfortable base for mountaineering in the Tantalus Range. It is located at 6800 foot elevation in the Serratus-Dione Col, about a 6-hour hike above Lake Lovely Water and the Tantalus Hut. The site is located on the edge of Tantalus Provincial Park at 551600 northerly/477800 easterly on map 92G/14 (Cheakamus River).

The hut is kept locked. To book your stay, please contact Ron Royston to arrange access and pay the overnight fees. The hut is a one-storey wood structure with metal roofing and cladding. There is a large kitchen and sitting room, plus two sleeping rooms with bunks for 12. The kitchen is outfitted with propane cook tops and full cooking and eating utensils. A propane heater keeps the hut cosy on chilly days.

The terrain around the hut is dramatic and most suitable for intermediate and advanced climbers. There is a wide variety of mixed snow and rock routes of various grades on peaks such as: Tantalus 2603m (8540′); Dione 2590m (8500′); Alpha 2305m (7562′); Serratus 2326m (7632′) and many others. Climbing in the area is covered in Climbing and Hiking in Southwestern B.C. by Bruce Fairley, and in Alpine Select by Kevin McLane. The terrain is not suitable for general ski touring due to the avalanche hazard, however steep skiing and snowboarding is possible by experienced parties during spring months.

 

TANTALUS HUT AT LAKE LOVELY WATER


Open
: Late May to early Oct (typically Victoria Day to Thanksgiving Day weekends).

Reservations: Required.

Access on Foot via the Lake Lovelywater Trail: Requires crossing the Squamish River. For boat service across the Squamish River, call Jay Bricknell at 604-815-9647 or 1-866-466-2628. Cost $50 per person. Typically leaves Brackendale at 9 am and returns 4-5 pm.

Access by Helicopter: Squamish Airport direct to hut. Contact Black Tusk Helicopters (604-898-4800) or Blackcomb Helicopters  (Squamish Base tel. 604-898-1067) for prices and info.

Fees:

ACC members: $15 per person per night – (please send Ron a photocopy of your membership card)
Non-members: $25 per person per night

The Tantalus hut was built by the ACC in 1961 as a base for mountaineering in the Tantalus Range. It is located at the outflow end of Lake Lovely Water (elevation 3850 feet) in the Tantalus Range in the Coast Mountains, approximately 64 km northwest of Vancouver. This site is located in Tantalus Provincial Park at GR 819146 on map 92G/14 (Cheakamus River).

Tantalus Hut in Lake Lovelywater

Photo from Liz Scremin

The Tantalus Hut is a two-storey wooden structure with a large kitchen/dining room on the main floor and a separate sleeping loft above with foam mattresses for 20 people. The hut is kept locked. To book your stay, please contact Ron to arrange to pick up a key and to pay the overnight fees. While the Tantalus area offers limited hiking opportunities, the scenery at Lake Lovely Water alone is fabulous. In good weather, people enjoy swimming, boating and fishing. There is a wide variety of climbing opportunities of various grades. Classic alpine routes abound on such peaks as: Tantalus 2603m (8540′); Dione 2590m (8500′); Alpha 2305m (7562′); Serratus 2326m (7632′) and many others. Climbing in the area is covered in Climbing and Hiking in Southwestern B.C. by Bruce Fairley, and in Alpine Select by Kevin McLane.

 

Spearhead Huts System – Garibaldi Provincial Park

 

The Vancouver Section, as part of the Spearhead Huts Committee, is working to develop three new alpine huts along the Spearhead Traverse. When built, these huts will be available to club members and the public and provide wonderful bases to explore this dramatic area.

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On December 2, 2014, the Spearhead Huts Committee, on behalf of the Alpine Club of Canada, submitted a formal Park-Use-Permit application to BC Parks for the Spearhead Huts System. In spring 2015, BC Parks reviewed the application and sent their comments and requests. The Committee provided further information and details, where needed. Negotiations continued through the fall of 2015. A number of refinements were made, but no major changes. The Spearhead Huts Committee expects the Park Use Permit to be issued in February 2016. With the permit in hand, the Committee will kick off the public fundraising campaign. The goal is to raise $900,000 per hut. The Committee will build the first hut at Russet Lake in summer 2017 and hopes to have the hut open for the winter ski season in early 2018.

In the meantime, progress has been made on design work for the first hut. An architect and engineers were hired in February 2015. Several skilled volunteers joined the Design/Construction sub-committee to do research on a wide range of materials and systems: foundations, water, waste, propane and solar. The sub-committee is reaching out to retailers and manufacturers for help with in-kind donations and discounts on materials and services. Ultimately, a vast team of volunteers will be needed to help with construction.

For more information and to read the Spearhead Huts ‘Project Description’ document, please see www.spearheadhuts.org.

To make a donation, please see: Donation

The Spearhead Huts Committee meets monthly. Guests and new volunteers are always welcome. Contact the Spearhead Huts Committee at info@spearheadhuts.org.