Great Divide Panorama Traverse, August 16-18th, 2018



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Great Divide Traverse, August 16-18th, 2018

Join the Alpine Air guides for this mega classic alpine hiking traverse through the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Beginning at Moraine Lake, we will hike up and over Wenkchemna Pass to the Eagle Eyre; from there we will be hiking off trail up to Opabin Pass and descend the Opabin Glacier to Lake O’Hara. After an honest day in the hills we will head out to the Lake Louise hostel to spend the night.

The morning of our second day we will hike the All Souls Alpine route and use the Lake Oesa, Yukness ledges connector to approach Abbott Pass where we will spend our second night, if the group is up for it.

Our decent to Lake Louise will be made via the Fuhrman Ledges to the Plain of six glaciers where we will make our way back to Lake Louise and the end of our journey. This is a non-technical route but does have some REAL exposure where the guides will be using the rope to calm some nerves, 1-2 lowers depending on conditions and voila a rarely visited alpine ledge will rap around the shoulder of Mt Lefroy.

This trip is a Scrambling/Hiking traverse which requires intermediate-advanced hiking fitness. There is off trail hiking, glacier travel and some exposure where a rope is required.

Day 1: 1000 m of elevation gain/loss & 18 kms of travel

Day 2: 915 m of elevation gain & 4.5 kms of travel

Day 3: 1200 m of elevation loss & 9.5 kms of travel

Additional Information

Trip Dates

August 16-18th, 2018

What's Included

ACMG Mountain Guide
Lake O’hara Bus
Hut/Hostel (shared room)
Hut Food for day 2 & 3, lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch
Use of technical gear

Gear List

SLEEPING GEAR for Abbott Hut:
o PILLOW, light and small
o SLEEPING BAG (3 season,-9 deg c min)
o We will be carrying this gear up and down so keep it light
In the mountains it is important to layer your clothing. I suggest layers of light, easily carried clothing that allow for fast and easy adjustment to best suit fast changing temperature conditions in the mountains. Cotton clothing of any kind is not recommended as it causes rapid heat loss when wet. We will have time to go through your clothing and gear prior to the climb.
You will need to bring:
o WOOL/BLEND SOCKS clean socks for each day.
o Warm LONG PANTS to climb in. These should be wool/nylon blend, fleece pants or Sheoller material
o Light SHIRT or T-SHIRT.
o Wool or fleece LONG SLEEVE SHIRT.
o FLEECE SWEATER (medium weight).
o Heavyweight fleece or insulated/down JACKET.
o Water proof OUTER JACKET with hood (Gore-Tex).
o Waterproof OUTER PANTS, preferably with side zips on legs.
o Waterproof knee-length GAITERS that will fit over large boots.
o Waterproof mountaineering GLOVES or wool / fleece mitts /gloves plus waterproof over mitts, two pairs.
o SUNHAT with wide brim.
Food will be catered for Abbott Hut Dinner day 3 breakfast and lunch. Plan your lunch for day 1 and 2. Please advise if you have any food allergies.
You will need to bring:
o MOUNATINEERING BOOTS: You will need proper mountaineering boots designed specifically for this use. Most hiking boots are not suitable not being firm enough, waterproof and not made to take crampons. Mountaineering boots are made from leather or plastic. Leather boots have either a semi-rigid or a rigid sole. Plastic boots have rigid soles. The most important feature of a mountaineering boot is comfort followed by performance. If buying try a few different pairs and if they are not comfortable don’t buy them. There are many good brands. They include Asolo, Kayland, Koflach, la Sportiva and Scarpa..
o BACKPACK: Large enough to carry spare clothing, lunch, water and climbing gear. 35-50liters
o STANDARD MOUNTAINEERING AXE: For walking with and crossing glaciers best suited, 55cm-65cm.
o CLIMBING HARNESS W/ locking caribiner
o CRAMPONS which must fit your boots.
o SUNGLASSES with good UV protection, ‘glacier glasses’.
o Lip Cream.
o HEADLAMP with fresh batteries.
o WATERBOTTLE (1L minimum).
o BLISTER KIT (‘moleskin’, ‘Second Skin’)
o FIRST-AID Items (band-aids, ibuprofen & aspirin / Tylenol is enough as I will have a kit also).
o 3 locking caribiners, 2 non locking caribiners
o 2x5m 6mm prussic cord


We highly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance


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