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Revision as of 20:28, 30 May 2010


June 26-27

  • This is the last weekend in June so we're hoping that the snow will have melted enough to allow for good working conditions and good travel conditions.
  • There is also the option of driving up on Friday for those who are keen. This would allow for an early start and more time allowed for the loads to be carried up to the hut. Talk to your driver.
  • There's lots of work to be done so excellent planning, efficiency, and a big group are key!

Background and Purpose

Brew Hut

  • The Brew Hut needs some work done to ensure it's longevity. Brew is a very popular summer and winter destination, it provides access to excellent beginner and advanced back country skiing terrain, popular hikes and climbs, and is the end point for the Alcoholic Traverse.
  • Alpine huts are very exposed to the elements and are subject to extreme conditions, Brew is no exception. It needs to be cared for or it will not be available for the outdoor community to use in the future.
  • An MEC grant is funding the work and also allows us to pay for all gas used during travel to and from the hut. This means no one has to pay for gas!

Work to Do

Motivated people are needed to lead these jobs. Comment on the message board or email Geoff or Roland if you're keen.

  • Carrying Loads - We'll be able to drive all the way up the logging roads (barring any unforeseen circumstances) so that leaves only the 5.5km route to the hut to carry the loads over. The route is not overly steep, but gains about 800m of elevation over the distance. We need strong people to carry 2 windows, 2 rolls of tar paper, paint, membrane tape, possibly an aluminum ladder (2 people), and miscellaneous tools.
  • Southeast Wall Work - This is the biggest job and will require the most people and know-how. The entire sheet metal wall needs to be removed, the wall interior must be assessed and dried out, breathing holes into the hut may need to be drilled, 2 layers of tar paper must be put up, the tar paper must be primed and then covered in the membrane tape, and the sheet metal must be put back up.
  • Replacing the Windows - The 2 windows on the southeast wall must be replaced. This will need to be done while the sheet metal is off, probably while the wall is drying out. The windows will need to be sealed and weather stripped.
  • Frame Painting - All the window and door frames need to be painted with a special sun-damage resistant membrane paint.
  • Miscellaneous Weather Stripping - Other windows and the door need weather stripping.
  • Lightning Rod Installation - Research is still being done to see if this is possible. We'd need to run the insulated wire through the wall while the wall is removed.
  • Fire Wood Chopping - A group should go to the remains of the old hut (~500m away from the Brew Hut) and chop it up enough to fill the woodshed for the coming winter.
  • Carry-Out - Garbage and tools will need to be carried out Sunday evening once the reno is complete.


  • Everyone! We need lots of excited people to make this renovation a success.
  • Don't worry if you don't have experience in the outdoors or in hut renovation, there will be people there who do and your contributions will be just as valuable.
  • We are looking for a few motivated people willing to head up some of the projects listed above. If you think you can do this comment on the message board thread, or email Geoff or Roland.

Why Should I Go

  • It's a workhike! Once you complete it you can borrow club gear for the year.
  • The Brew Hut is your hut. Contributing to it's well being will give you a sense of ownership in the hut, the VOC, and the outdoor community at large.
  • It's fun! You'll meet new people. You'll get to be outside.

Equipment Needed

You'll only need personal equipment, all tools and materials will be provided by the club.

Check out the Gear lists for what to bring on a hiking hut trip.

  • A hiking pack
  • A sleeping bag (the hut gets warm, so it doesn't need to be a super warm bag)
  • Appropriate hiking clothes (think warm and dry, and remember: cotton kills)
  • Raingear
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking boots
  • Food - you may want to form food groups
  • Stove and Fuel - the hut has a large Coleman stove we can use, but we should have others with lots of people trying eat (you can share stoves)
  • Cooking and eating utensils - (pots can be shared in food groups)
  • Personal items (toothbrush, toilet paper, etc...)

Sign-up List

The hut holds 15+/-, but we want more than this. Once we reach a number above 15 we'll plan tent groups.

  1. Geoff Martin
  2. Roland Burton
  3. Andrew McGechaen
  4. Dmitry Borzov
  5. Phil Tomlinson
  6. Vicky Alfred
  7. Sam Mason
  8. Shuyu Fan
  9. Patrick Liu
  10. Michael Uhlmann
  11. Abdullah Radi

Car List

Note: Due to a MEC Grant, all gas for all drivers will be paid for by the club. Keep receipts

  1. Sam Mason (Sam + 3)
  2. ...