HIGH ELEVATION CONSTRUCTION: THE MAKING OF AN ALPINE CLUB HUT
Photos by Pat Morrow
Editor’s Note: For decades, the Wapta and Waputik Icefields have provided world-class ski terrain for backcountry skiers. And for decades the Bow-Yoho Traverse has possessed a missing link – until now. After years of proposals, assessments and planning, The Louise and Richard Guy Hut is being constructed by the Alpine Club of Canada at Mont des Poilus, and will provide winter accommodations for 18 skiers. Photographer Pat Morrow recently ventured up to the construction site to capture footage for a film produced by Wilhelm Schmidt and Roger Vernon, which follows the prodigious efforts by ACC volunteers and tradespeople to build the hut.
The President and Isolated Peak form a spectacular backdrop during the construction phase of the 18-person Louise and Richard Guy Hut near the base of Mont des Poilus, Yoho National Park, B.C., Canada. Photo by Pat Morrow.
The Louise and Richard Guy Hut is named after two of the ACC’s long-time members, who gave more than four decades of volunteerism, participation and support to the Club. Richard also provided a generous donation towards the construction of the hut in honour of his late wife, with whom he kept an active life in the mountains into their 90s. Richard, who is still an avid adventurer at 99, was flown to the site to attend the hut dedication.
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Construction phase of the 18 person Alpine Club of Canada’s Louise and Richard Guy Hut near the base of Mont des Poilus on the Bow-Yoho ski traverse, Yoho National Park, B.C., Canada. Photo by Pat Morrow.
A helicopter slings propane tanks in during construction. Photo by Pat Morrow.
Timelapse camera set in place by film producers Will Schmidt and Roger Vernon. Photo by Pat Morrow.
Yoho Peak looms behind Lucas Holub at work during the hut’s construction. Photo by Pat Morrow.
Darren Enderwick and Lucas Holub apply an underlayer of weatherproof siding to the Louise and Richard Guy Hut. Photo by Pat Morrow.
The President and Isolated Peak form a spectacular backdrop. Photo by Pat Morrow.
Steve Tomamichel, Darren Enderwick, Steve Doucette and Graeme Roughead relax with a game of cards at end of the day during construction of the Louise and Richard Guy Hut. Photo by Pat Morrow.
Mount Collie rises to the North. Photo by Pat Morrow.
Image taken on hike up Yoho Peak. Photo by Pat Morrow.
Mt. Collie and Yoho Glacier on right, seen from Yoho Peak – ski route comes over Wapta/Yoho glacier from Bow Hut. Photo by Pat Morrow.
Darren Enderwick (ball cap) and Lucas Holub at work. Photo by Pat Morrow.
Isolated Peak and Mt. McArthur form a backdrop to Lucas Holub at work during construction. Photo by Pat Morrow.
The crew enjoys the newly installed propane lighting and heating. Photo by Pat Morrow.
Steve Doucette gets in position to photograph sunrise from the Louise and Richard Guy Hut. Photo by Pat Morrow.
Follow the hut’s construction progress on the Alpine Club of Canada blog.
Check out the hut’s conceptual drawings.
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Pat Morrow is a photographer/videographer whose deep desire to explore wild places and meet cool mountain people has led him on assignments and expeditions to all 7 continents.
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