Jim Haberl Hut

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(Taken from the ACC website and the ACC Vancouver Section website)

Jim Haberl Hut
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Jim Haberl Hut, Tantalus Range, British Columbia. Photo: Liz Scremin
Overnight Capacity 12
Coordinates
Fee $25 / night
$15 / night for ACC members
Reservations Yes
Locked Yes
Built summer 2005 and spring 2006
Caretaker Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section

History and Location

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.

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 5516339 northerly/477717 easterly on map 92G/14 (Cheakamus River).

Access

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. Please call the hut custodian, Ron Royston, or BC Parks for the latest information on the jetboat service to cross the river.

Access by Helicopter: Squamish Airport direct to hut. Contact Black Tusk Helicopters (604-898-4800) or Blackcomb Aviation (604-898-1067 or 1-877-273-5311).

The Hut and Facilities

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 hut is kept locked, there is an unlocked vestibule for emergency use. To book your stay, please contact Ron Royston to arrange access and pay the overnight fees.

Cooking: The kitchen is fully equipped with 2 propane cooktops and full cooking and eating utensils.

Fresh Water: Snow must be melted in winter and spring. In early summer, water can be collected where it runs in rivulets across rocks. A fairly major ‘creek’ forms on the glacier to the north about 10 minutes away. A roof-top water collection system stores water in a tank in the crawlspace and provides water via a hand-pump at the kitchen sink. This water must be filtered and/or boiled for drinking.

Garbage: Please take all garbage out with you.

Heating: A propane heater keeps the hut cozy on cool days.

Lighting: Wiring has been roughed in for future lighting. A wind or solar power system is being considered. For now, visitors are advised to bring headlamps. Candles and other open flames are not permitted in the hut.

Climbing

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.

Reservations

  • Open: Year round
  • Reservations: Required
  • Hut Custodian: Ron Royston, call him at (604) 921-8164

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.
  • Commercial Guides with Clients: $20 per person per night with the guide going free.

VOC student members are ACC members.