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Price

$1255 CDN includes guiding and instruction, hut accommodation, out-trip meals, Park Permits, and use of specialized group climbing gear.

Not included: Canmore accommodation, Gratuities & 5% Goods & Services Tax (GST).

Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.

Optional pre and post trip accommodation packages are available from $80 per person per night for shared room lodging ($160 for single occupancy). Purchase with booking. Subject to availability.

Is it for you?

Participants need prior basic mountaineering experience. You must be fit and in good physical shape. This program is ideal for alumni of our Snow and Ice Long Weekend and Intro to Mountaineering Course. The targeted peaks are not overly technical but we will have long days on varied terrain.

Yoho Peaks

The Little Yoho Valley in Yoho National Park is home to some of the most incredible scenery and terrain of anywhere in the Canadian Rockies. Based out of the historic Stanley Mitchell Hut, our aim is to summit several intermediate mountaineering peaks during the trip.  Objectives include: The President, The Vice President, Mt McArthur, Mt Kerr and Isolated Peak.

If you have completed our Snow and Ice Long Weekend or Intro to Mountaineering Programs this trip will be a great next step for you.

Program Agenda

Day 1:  Meet at our office in Canmore at 8:30 am. After issuing food and gear we pack up and then drive west to Takakkaw Falls near Field, BC (west of Lake Louise).

A pleasant hike up the Yoho Valley will bring us to the Stanley Mitchell Hut in the late afternoon.

On the President Glacier. Photo Tom Valentine
On the President Glacier. Photo Tom Valentine.

After settling into the hut, we'll prepare ourselves for the next day's climb.

Days 2-3: Each day we choose a suitable mountaineering objective. There are several large, glaciated peaks surrounding the upper valley, all of which are good intermediate peaks. These include: The President (10,295 ft., 3138m) on the south side of the valley is normally climbed via the north-facing President Glacier to the President Col and then following the East Ridge to the Summit. This peak can also be climbed via the SW Ridge. The Vice President (10,058 ft., 3066 m) is climbed directly from the President Col. Mount MacArthur (9,911 ft., 3021m) is on the north side of the Valley as is Isolated Peak (9,334 ft., 2845m). Both are reached via the MacArthur Glacier which is accessed below Isolated Col. At the head of the valley, above Kiwetinok Pass is Mount Kerr (9,394 ft., 2863m) which is more of a rock scramble involving route finding and terrain evaluation skills.

Day 4: After packing up we begin our egress along the scenic Iceline trail, following the contours of the Emerald Glacier. This return hike offers spectacular views of the Yoho Valley and the President Range.