• Trip duration
    3 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    2 people
  • Mountain range
    Coast Mountains
  • Best period
    Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Description

Join me on this 3-day climbing trip to the Joffre Lakes Group, one of the great mountaineering areas in Canada.

The Joffre Lakes are located in the heart of the southern Coastal Mountains, north of Whistler. In the Duffy lake area we find some of the finest peaks for mountaineering in British Columbia.

During these 3 days, we will climb the stunning glaciated mountains of the Joffre Lakes Group: Slaylock, Mt. Matier, Mt. Joffre and Hartzel. We will camp on the Anniversary Glacier, at a high col, near the clasic glacier ascents, steep north faces and rocky ridge climbs. It’s an extaordinary setting!

Also, Joffre Lakes group, with the Kieth’s Hut, makes for a great and pleasant climbing trip into the beautiful Canadian mountains.

The Joffre Lakes Group is easily reachable from the highway. It is a bit of a hike but once in the area there are many great mountaineering challenges to enjoy.

We will meet in Whistler to organize and check equipment and food. We will then drive 1.5 hour north, until we reach the trail. From there, we will have to hike about 3 to 4 hours to Keith’s Hut, in the Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. We will then make the plan for the following days.

We will spend an amazing time climbing fantastic peaks. On the last day, we travel back to Whistler for dinner.

This trip is suitable for everyone, from absolute beginners to experienced mountaineers. The Joffre Lakes area offers options for all levels! The routes range to airy technical rock ridges to mellow glacier trips.

Joffre Lakes group, especially with the Kieth’s Hut, makes for a pleasant trip into the alpine.

Please get in touch with me if you wish to experience some great climbing with me up there. Book your trip and we will start planning your next adventure in Canada! You can also check my 7-day mountaineering trip in the Rocky Mountains.

Itinerary

Day 1

Whistler-Keith's Hut, Joffre Lakes Park

Meet in Whistler at designated time and location to organize gear and food. Drive 1.5 hours north to the trail head. From the trail head it is typically a 3 to 4 hour hike up to Keith’s Hut in the Joffre Lakes Park. Once at the hut or camping area, I will asses the conditions and work with you to make a plan for the next days.

Day 2 to 3

Climbing

We will have full days climbing peaks. Options include Vantage Peak, Mt Matier, Slaylock, Hartzel and Mt. Joffre. After the second day of climbing we head back to Whistler for dinner.

Price per person

Group of 2900CAD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
Equipment rentals are included in the price, excluding boots.

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Whistler

More info

This trip is suitable for anyone from absolute beginner to the experienced mountaineer. The Joffre Lakes area offers many options. /// Please contact me for any questions or expert advice on the best equipment to have. Let me know what you need on the list before you purchase any gear. I can lend you gear free of charge or can advise you on the best gear to purchase. ///PERSONAL GEAR:
•Boots – full-leather, They should be well broken-in and waterproofed with snow seal or similar
•Sleeping bag – good to approx. -5 or -10 degrees Celsius
•Sleeping pad – therma-rest style or closed-cell foam
•Backpack – 40-80 litre capacity
•Summit-pack – 20-40 litre capacity (Optional)
•Outer layer jacket with hood – Gore-Tex style
•Light weight outer layer waterproof pants – Gore-Tex style
•Lightweight thermal layers – top & bottom, Polypro, Icebreaker, etc.
•Climbing/hiking pants – nylon, fleece, Schoeller, etc. (1 pair)
•Gloves (medium weight) – wool or poly-pro (2 pair)
•Waterproof gloves or mitts (gloves work best) (2 pairs)
•Warm parka/jacket – down, synthetic, fleece or pile (1)
•Sweater or vest – wool, synthetic, fleece or down (1)
•Socks – wool or synthetic blend (2-3 pairs)
•Toque/warm hat – wool or fleece (1)
•Sunglasses – UV block with good eye coverage (1pr)
•Ski goggles
•Headlamp with new batteries
•Personal 1st aid (blister kit, toothbrush, blister kit, toilet paper, etc.)
•Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)
•Sunscreen – minimum spf45
•Water bottles/hydration system – minimum 1 liters
•Walking pole(s) – Optional but helpful for the approach/descent
•Gaiters (1 pair) – Optional if built in paint gaiters or boot gaiters.

COMMUNAL AND TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT:
(Supplied by me if required)
•Light weight 2 or 3 person tent
•Single burner stove and fuel
•Cooking sets (2 pots per 3 people)
•Compass and map
•GPS
•First Aid Kit
•Ice ax and technical climbing tool
•Climbing harness – seat harness only
•Helmet
•3 locking carabineers
•1 belay device
•Crampons – adjusted to your boots (1 pair)
•Small “thermos” for hot drinks (optional)
•Knife – Swiss army style
•Personal eating utensils – cup, bowl, spoon
•Tape / Repair kit