We will share a relaxing dinner followed by a final gear check. Based on the weather conditions and forecast, we will go over last minute changes and logistics for the following days. We will also sign a liability waiver.
We will take a 5-hour shuttle from Whitehorse to a landing strip at Kluane Lake, the largest lake in Yukon. Before heading into the mountains to King’s Trench base camp, we will set a camp near the landing strip. Flights can only accommodate two guests at a time and are often delayed due to the weather conditions, so we might have to camp for up to five days or more.
After an early breakfast, we will fly in a small plane to the basecamp.
After an early breakfast, we will begin our ascent to Mount Logan.
We will spend the nights in mountain camps.
The descent from Mount Logan to our pick-up location and flight back will take 1 or 2 days. Depending on the time, from the landing strip, we will either camp or shuttle back to Whitehorse.
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
2 nights in a hotel in Whitehorse (1 before and one after the trip) and approx. 20 winter camping nights
You need to bring:
• Alpine Touring skis (lightweight bindings like Dynafit or Silvretta Pure is recommended)
• Alpine touring boots (with Vibram sole)
• Overboots for higher elevation
• Ski poles (with regular powder baskets)
• Climbing skins (at least as wide as the waist of your ski)
• Ski crampons
• Avalanche transceiver (475 megahertz with extra batteries)
• Lightweight snow shovel
• Avalanche probe
• Large sized backpack (70 to 80 liters) with rain cover and outside straps to attach skis. It should be rigged for sled hauling.
• Climbing harness for glacier travel
• Ice Axe (preferably light weight with a maximum length of 60cm)
• Boot crampons (preferably lightweight, e.g. aluminum)
• 4 locking carabiners (the guide will bring a full set of Crevasse rescue equipment)
• 4 non-locking carabiners
• Prusik cords (2 times 5m length of 7mm cord)
• 1m section of 6mm cord
• 1 X 10mm X 120cm sewn spectra sling
• Repair kit / spare parts for your bindings (optional)
• Skin wax (a small amount)
• Ski goggles
• Large duffel bag
• Gore Tex shell jacket (expedition style with hood)
• Gore Tex outer pants/bibs (wind and waterproof with full side zips)
• Down jacket (expedition weight with hood)
• Lighter weight pants (water/wind proof for lower elevation and camp)
• Fleece pants (heavy weight with full side zips)
• Fleece jacket (heavy weight)
• Medium weight fleece shirt and vest (e.g. Marmot Driclime)
• 3 sets Capilene, fleece or wool underwear, top and bottoms
• 2 Pairs of gloves (lightweight and heavier weight)
• 1 Pair of expedition weight mitts with over mitts
• Neck gaiter & bandanna
• 3 pairs of thicker outer socks (synthetic, wool or blend)
• 3 pairs of thinner liner socks (polypro type)
• 2 hats; one medium weight & one heavy weight covering the ears
Camp & personal supplies:
• Down Sleeping bag (mommy style, rated for -30°C)
• Sleeping bag liner (optional)
• Sleeping pad (3⁄4 or full length Therm-a-Rest)
• Sleeping pad, full length Ensolite
• Camp booties and over booties (down or synthetic)
• 1 liter water bottle with insulated sleeve (no Camel backs)
• Pee bottle; 1 liter Nalgene water bottle with wide rim
• Lightweight bowl, cup, fork and spoon
• Light stuff sacs or zip lock bags to keep your backpack organized
• Ear plugs
• Sun glasses with side and nose shield, and very good UV protection (plus one extra pair)
• Sun screen and lip protection (minimum 30 SPF and waterproof)
• Sun hat (preferably with wide rim)
• Headlamp with spare batteries and bulb
• Personal items (toiletries, hand sanitizer, toothbrush, glasses, foot powder, etc.)
• Personal 1 aid (blister kit, prescription drugs, Aspirin & Ibuprofen, etc.)
• Pocket knife
• Health/travel insurance documents/numbers
• Zip lock bag for wallet and other documents to keep them dry (recommended)
• Camera, batteries, music
• A small book and/or writing material
I am an IFMGA and ACMG-certified mountain guide based in Nelson, British Columbia. I'm the lead guide at Summit Mountain Guides, a guiding agency I co-founded back in 2007 and which offers year-round guiding services and courses in Canada and Europe.
The mountains of western Canada have been my playground since 1992. I'll be happy to take you mountaineering, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hiking or ice climbing in this area I know so well. From day trips to multi-day adventures, I can guarantee an unforgettable and safe experience.
The SMG team of guides will help you with your trip's logistics, safety and contingency plans so that you get the most out of your backcountry experience and can just focus on having an amazing time on the mountain!
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