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Harrison Hut Workhike · Fri. Oct. 6th, 2023 - Mon. Oct. 9th, 2023

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Organized by: Maiya Callister.

Start: Friday, Oct. 6th, 12:00 pm
End: Monday, Oct. 9th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 3rd, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom


It’s that time of year again! 


Harrison Hut is one of the four huts currently maintained by the VOC, and is located at the northernmost part of the Pemberton Icefield. Twice a year, on the basis of hut maintenance, the VOC is able to obtain a permit to unlock the gates on the access road that has otherwise been closed due to things such as logging activity, grizzlies, and various geohazards. 


On this year’s fall workhike, we will be doing trail maintenance, checking the firewood supply, and general hut maintenance. If any other things come up, I will edit this page accordingly. The general plan will be to leave Vancouver at a reasonably early time on Friday, as it is a ~6 hour drive to the trailhead, and return sometime on Thanksgiving day (Monday). Though the hike in is not particularly long (6 km) it is quite steep. There is also potential we do not make it all the way to the trailhead depending on road conditions, in which case the hike would be longer. Be prepared for October weather conditions, which may include any combination of rain, snow, mud etc. 


If you are planning on going on this workhike, you must have overnight backcountry experience, and have sufficient fitness, endurance, and skill to travel efficiently in the backcountry with a heavy pack. You must also be fully committed to coming, and doing the work!


The trip roster will be decided based on a combination of drivers and order on committed list. 


It’s worth noting that as the FSR is in marginal condition, cars will need to be high-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles, and the drivers should have experience navigating on rough roads. Additionally, we’ll be seeking at least a couple participants with chainsaw experience, should we find downed trees on the FSR.


Overall, this trip involves a fair bit of logistics to get the keys for the gate, and the conditions of the permit are strict  it cannot be stressed enough that it’s very important that anyone who signs up as committed is very committed. Harrison Hut is located in a beautiful, remote area and this workhike is a great opportunity to contribute to future access!

** Additional info about Harrison is available on the huts website and the Wiki **

Posted: 2023-09-10 23:04:40
Last modified: 2023-09-11 09:11:52