The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Bow-Yoho Ski Mountaineering Traverse - Mon, Apr 1 2019, Tue, Apr 2 2019, Wed, Apr 3 2019, Thu, Apr 4 2019, Fri, Apr 5 2019, Sat, Apr 6 2019, Sun, Apr 7 2019

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PRE-REGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED. Please review the event details carefully, and if registration is required and you'd like to join us, you must sign up at the bottom of this page. Non-member guests must contact the leader (see Notes below) to register. If payment is required for this event, you will be expected to send your payment to the Event Leader - payable to the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.

The Basics:
Event Type:Skiing
Event Location:Field, BC
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Apr 1 2019, Tue, Apr 2 2019, Wed, Apr 3 2019, Thu, Apr 4 2019, Fri, Apr 5 2019, Sat, Apr 6 2019, Sun, Apr 7 2019  6:00 PM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Sep 1 2018 12:00:00 AM
Event Duration:7 days
Difficulty Rating:D3: Difficult
Event Leader(s): Tom Wolfe
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Member Cost:$1,645.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
Number Registered So Far: 4 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)


Please note the date has changed to April 1- 7, 2018. This is final.

Photos from our April 2018 trip:
(c) 2018 Sawback Alpine Adventures.

Back due to popular demand! In 2018 we ran two sold-out trips on the Bow Yoho. Both trips were very successful with strong positive reviews from the participants.

A Guided, Catered, hut-to-hut crossing of the Bow-Yoho Traverse located in Banff and Yoho National Parks.

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A separate registration is required, Tom will contact you once you've signed up for this section trip with details. If you have any questions about this trip you can contact Tom at twolfe@sawback .com.

This 7-day itinerary is longer than most other Bow-Yoho trips offered, giving us more time to explore the incredible ski mountaineering available instead of putting our heads down and charging through the traverse.

What’s included: ALL accommodation (6 nights including one night at the lovely Truffle Pigs Lodge, and 5 nights in Alpine Club of Canada backcountry huts), ALL meals from dinner on April 1 to lunch on April 7, Guiding.

What’s not included: Equipment, transportation, alcoholic beverages

Price: $1795 CAD, $1645 for Vancouver ACC members!


Day 1: Monday, April 1 - Truffle Pigs Bistro & Lodge, Field, BC 6:00 pm -- Introductions over dinner in Field, BC at the “Truffle Pigs Bistro” (dinner is included in your trip fees). In case you haven’t heard of it -- this is one of the finest restaurants in the Canadian Rockies! After dinner it’s back to your hotel rooms where your guide will pay you a brief visit for an equipment check and distribution of group gear and food.

Day 2: Tuesday - Bow Hut 8:00 am -- a leisurely breakfast, again at the Truffle Pigs cafe. Bagged lunches will be provided by Kicking Horse Lodge. Make sure your backpacks and ski gear are packed and ready to go. 9:00 am -- depart for the trail head at Bow Lake (Num-ti- jah Lodge parking lot) The ski from Bow Lake to Bow Hut takes anywhere from 3 to 5 hours depending on conditions and group speed. There should be time left at the end of a day for a quick lap on the awesome slopes above Bow Hut at the end of the day.

Day 3: Wednesday - Guy Hut - Traverse day. We’ll set our course west for the Guy Hut, traversing over the Gordon-Rhondda pass, over the Yoho Glacier’s gnarly icefall, below the spectacular Mt. Collie, and a short distance down to our hut below Yoho Peak.

Day 4: Thursday - Guy Hut - Peak bagging day. The Guy Hut is not only the premiere hut on the Wapta, it’s also an excellent staging point for many of the great ski runs in the area including Yoho Peak N and SE faces, Des Poilus SE face, the subpeak to the north of Des Poilus, Mt. Collie, to name the plums of the area!

Day 5: Friday - There are two ways to get to Stanley Mitchell Hut, both pretty darned exciting. The first, over Isolated Col, is steep and relentlessly exposed to avalanche hazard on both the north and south sides. The second is over the Whaleback, which has less avalanche hazard and which in the right conditions offers a good ski descent through a lightly treed avalanche path to the valley bottom and then a trudge up-valley to the famous and ancient Stanley Mitchell Hut. In the winter of 2018 -- all three times! -- avalanche hazard was low, so we dropped our loads at the top of Isolated col for a hot lap on the outstanding 300 m north facing side (back towards Des Poilus) for an outstanding powder run, and completed the day in style with a long descent down the south side. This old log structure has been shelter to thousands of skiers since the early days of mountaineering in the Canadian Rockies.

Day 6: Saturday - Stanley Mitchell Hut If you’re in the Little Yoho Valley with the wood stove crackling then you will definitely want to stay for at least one more night…. So that’s our plan. Our last full day of adventure offers opportunities at bagging the Presidents, Mount MacArthur, Isolated Peak, or doing some cool loop trips.

Day 7: Sunday, April 7 - Trip conclusion The ski out from Stanley Mitchell Hut is best if you can head up over the Iceline trail and out via Yoho Pass and Emerald Lake Lodge. This requires good stability and cool conditions, so we might have to slog out via Takakkaw Falls road. Either way, we will aim to be back in Field by 2 pm at the latest. This is the end of the trip. You have the option of kicking back by the shores of the Kicking Horse for another night (extra charge applies) or jetting back home.

Required Items to Bring:
See packing list in trip information documents (click here)
Recommended Items to Bring:
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See packing list in trip information documents (click here)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Meet at Truffle Pigs Bistro in Field, BC at 6:00 pm on Monday, April 1. Further directions will be provided at that time.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):1540Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 AM
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** Vancouver Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $385.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.25, effective Saturday, July 20, 2019). This is based on the current provincial government rate for private vehicle use.  Please pay your share of the cost to the carpool driver.

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$1,645.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$1,795.00/Person
Cost Includes:ALL accommodation (6 nights including one night at the lovely Truffle Pigs Lodge, and 5 nights in Alpine Club of Canada backcountry huts), ALL meals from dinner on April 1 to lunch on April 7, Guiding.
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the ACC VA. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!
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