Harrison Hut

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Harrison Hut
Harrison Hut Construction5.jpg
Harrison Hut during construction
Overnight Capacity 15
Coordinates
Elevation 1725m
Fee $10/night (PAY ONLINE HERE)
Reservations No
Locked No
Access Harrison Hut Trail
Built 1983
Caretaker Varsity Outdoor Club
Legal
  • Type: License of Occupation Tenure
  • Status: Renewal Pending
  • Number: 2401192
  • Management: 2017 Plan

The Julian Harrison Hut is a large gothic A-frame located 50km north-west of Pemberton, BC at 1,725 m (5,659 ft). The Hut rests in a subalpine meadow at the northern most part of the Pemberton Icefield (south of Meager Creek valley), in the headwaters of Barr (a.k.a. Madhorse) Creek. Typical Access via the Meager Creek Valley is a 12.3km hike that starts at an elevation of 900m and traverses for 6km before beginning the final 825m of elevation gain. The total elevation gain on the trail is approximately 1200m due to the overall undulating nature of the trail. The Hut is currently maintained by the Varsity Outdoor Club of the AMS.

History

Initially called the Meager hut during the planning phase in 1983, the hut was renamed the Harrison Hut shortly after Julian Harrison (VOC President 1973-1974) was tragically killed in an avalanche in California in April of that year. The Hut was finally erected on the Thanksgiving weekend in the fall of 1983. To read more about the construction of the Hut see the 23rd VOC Journal

Fees and Current Condition

No reservations are taken, but please see the VOC Hut Registration page to help coordinate use.
For the most up to date information on the Hut see the Bulletins on the Hut Registration Page.


VOC huts are open to all non-motorized users. A $10 per person per night fee applies to pay for hut maintenance. The fee can be sent in to the VOC via our Showpass Donation Page or can be left at the hut in the blue drop box. If neither of these work, you can send it to the VOC by mail. VOC trips have priority during fall and winter holidays (New Years, Reading Week, Easter) so please contact the VOC before planning a trip during this time. Commercial groups are requested to contact the VOC before using any of the huts. There is a lost and found page for items in and around the VOC huts. Note that this is a bear-active area. Follow the proper bear aware procedures when hiking in this area.

Access

Main article: Harrison Hut Trail

The hut is accessed via the Harrison Hut Trail.

Facilities

The information on this page is just a snapshot. See the Hut Inventory Page for complete information on tools and materials at the Hut

Main Floor of Harrison Hut
The loft can sleep about 15 people
Heating Wood stove
Lighting Two Coleman White Gas Lanterns
Cooking Two Coleman White Gas Stove and One Propane Coleman Stove
Fire Safety One Fire Extinguisher (1981) with good Pressure and Weight
First Aid Neck Brace, Spine Board, Very Very Old Wall First Aid Kit (don't use the Mercury)
Sleeping Open floor loft. No pads.
Capacity 15 persons
Drinking water Nearby creek (boil or filter)
Human Waste Outhouse (Use the Aluminum North Outhouse)
Greywater Downhill of hut
Garbage Pack it out

The Hut can sleep 15 friendly people. It has a very efficient wood stove, and is surprisingly cozy and warm. Clothes and boots may be dried. Dead wood for fuel can be obtained from a small forest 50 m away; the use of the stove for the past 15 or so years does not seem to have damaged the forest. If you are using the hut during winter season (usually accessed by helicopter or snowmobile), please bring your own firewood. A Coleman stove and a Coleman lamp are provided, but you have to bring your own fuel (white gas). There is are two outhouses. The one made of plywood is the decommissioned and has been called the "Home Depot" as it is now used to store old timber and plywood that might be useful for projects later. Try not to use what could be useful wood for firewood. Please use the Aluminum Outhouse to the South-West rather than the Home Depot. Water may be obtained from the nearby creek to the North of the Hut. The Logbook is almost full and a new one needs to be brought up. All of the furniture and baseboards were rebuilt in 2017 with the door and floor replacement renovations.

Library

A collection of books are available at the Harrison Hut for your enjoyment:

Activities

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Winter

There are several glaciers within easy ski access from the Hut, and several peaks are nearby, offering suitable destinations for day trips. The Harrison hut is often used as the start or end point of the Pemberton Icefield Ski Traverse

Summer

There are several possibilities for hiking, scrambling and mountaineering in the area. The most popular routes are on Overseer Mountain, Frozen boot, and the Three Stooges.

Frozen Boot (Mount Breshnev)

  • The North Ridge is a nice scramble. Mostly hiking with a few class 2-3 steps.
  • The South Ridge is also a class 2-3 scramble, accessed from the col at the top of the Roller Coaster Glacier.

Overseer

Overseer is the highest summit on the Pemberton Icefield. There are two routes to get to the mountain from the hut. The first option is to ascend to the top of the Roller Coaster Glacier, cross over to the Madhorse Glacier and descend towards Overseer. The other option is to cross the north ridge of Frozen Boot (steep grassy slopes) and come up along the Madhorse Glacier.

  • The South Ridge is a moderately difficult scramble with some loose rock. The rock is better on the ridge crest, but the climbing is more difficult (up to class 3). Difficulties can be avoided (at first on the left, then on the right), but the rock gets much worse away from the ridge.

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