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Alpine Classics Barry Blanchard

Alpine Classics Barry Blanchard - 3 day

Seven-day program: $3495CDN Includes guiding, 5 hut fees, one night at the Kicking Horse Hostel in Golden, all meals except dinner on night 3 in Golden, technical equipment and wilderness passes.

Three-day program: $1695 CDN - Join us for the first three days of this program.  Includes guiding, hut fees, lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3, technical equipment and wilderness passes.

Not included: Pre and Post program accommodation, transportation, personal equipment, dinner on night 3 in Golden, Gratuities & taxes.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.

Is it for you?

This is a strenuous and demanding program involving lots of height gain, not only to the peaks but also to the huts. So you need to be in good shape as this program involves multiple days of alpine climbing. You should have at least basic rock and mountaineering experience. In the context of Yamnuska's program we suggest you have at least Snow and Ice Long Weekend or Intro to Mountaineering.

Alpine Classics with Barry Blanchard

One week, two mountain ranges, two magic mountain huts. We’ll start with the Louise Group, in the Rockies, staying in the Neil Colgan Hut, the highest permanent, habitable structure in Canada, 2957 metres above sea level. The last time I was up there I watched a mountain goat walk under the deck not a metre and a half from where I stood drinking hot coffee and gazing across the ten peaks, a vista that got me pining for the old twenty dollar bill because it had a number of the famous “Valley of the Ten 10,000 foot Peaks” pictured, towering above Moraine Lake, on it. Three days, and hopefully two peaks, up there and then a night to enjoy the fine dining in Golden en route to the Asulkan Cabin in the Rogers Pass group of the Selkirk Mountains. Some of the classic mountaineering that birthed mountain climbing in Western Canada will be on our list. We’ll walk past the old cement foundations of the Glacier House, the destination for many a mountaineer in the late 1800s looking to be guided by one of the CPR’s resident Swiss Guides. On my last hike up the Asulkan in late summer the berries were ripe and we all got blue lips from gorging ourselves like grizzlies. My mountain, and wild berry, appetites are looking forward to a return! I hope to take you there.

Happy trails,

Barry Blanchard
Associate Director
Yamnuska Mountain Adventures

Course Agenda

Day 1:  We meet at the Yamnuska Office in Canmore at 7:30am for introductions, a review of course goals and itinerary and equipment check. After packing up, it's a 1 hour drive to Moraine Lake and the start of the adventure. Within an hour and a half hike we will be putting on our harnesses and climbing towards the Neil Colgan hut, one of Canada’s highest mountain huts. Typically we will use the Perren route through the cliffs overlooking Moraine Lake. The final pitches leading to the hanging glacier below Mt Fay (and the Neil Colgan Hut) provide an interesting and exhilarating first day! This will take us between 5 and 6 hours.

Day 2: With numerous peaks over 10,000 feet in the area we have lots of options! Objectives will be chosen from:

  • Mt Quadra: North Face (II)
  • Mt Little
  • Mt Bowlen
  • Mt Allan
  • Mt Perren

Day 3:  For a final objective in the area we will set our sights on Mt Fay’s West Ridge (III 5.3) before we descend to the vehicles and move to Golden for the night. We will repack for our trip to Roger’s Pass the following day.

Day 4: After an hour drive into Roger’s Pass we hike to the Asulkan hut which will be our base for the rest of the trip. Walking up the Asulkan valley we will enjoy the views of the towering summits of Mt Sir Donald, Mt Abbott, Mt Afton and the Dome. Once we reach treeline and the hut we will have an excellent view of the following day’s objectives! The approach takes between 3-5 hours.

Day 5-6: The jagged peaks and broken glaciers in the Asulkan drainage will be on the list: Objectives include:

  • Young’s Peak via the Asulkan Glacier
  • The Jupiter traverse combining the summits of Mt Castor, Mt Leda and Mt Pollux
  • The Dome via the Sapphire Glacier

Day 7: We will retrace our steps down the Asulkan Valley and return to Canmore.

3-Day Program

For those guests taking part in the 3-day program, after descending from the Neil Colgan Hut to our vehicles we will say our goodbyes and continue on our personal adventures.