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DIFFICULTY:
Up to 8 hrs/day on skis
Big backpacks
Glaciated terrain
Intermed. skiing
Gentle descents

WAPTA DATES 2014:
Custom Trips:
Anytime!
Any Duration!


Scheduled Trips:
5 days of Touring & Evening Pre-Trip Meeting

Feb 10 - 14
Feb 15-20
Feb 23-28
March 10 - 15
March 22 - 28*
(6 Days)
April 1 - 6
April 8- 13
April 18 - 23
(Easter Weekend)
April 19- 24
April 26- May 1
May 6-11
May 11-16

PRICE:
CD$ 1160
plus 5% GST

Discounts available for group bookings and custom trips

INCLUDED:
Guide, Guide Expenses, All food, Hut Expenses, Parks Fees, Avi Gear Rental. Transport to trail head can be arranged.

GROUP SIZE:
Min. 3 clients, max. 7 clients per guide

SIMILAR TRIPS:
Roger's Pass
Haute Route
Fairy Meadow
Sorcerer Lodge
Kokanee Glacier Cabin

Wilderness Traverses

OUR CLIENTS' SITES
Rainer's report of his 2006 Wapta
Ben & Mike's 2008 Video on YouTube

MORE WAPTA INFO
Dave Stephens Site
Wapta Video


CUSTOMIZE TRIP
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Wapta Icefields Ski Traverse
Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park

Hut-to-Hut Ski Traverse
5 Days along the Glaciated Continental Divide

Highlights:
- THE classic ski traverse in Canada
- Network of 4 fully equipped huts
- Ascent of 6 glaicated peaks en route
- Breathtaking scenery / big glaciers
- Very reliable snow conditions
- Quick access from Calgary Airport

RECOMMENDED READING:
The following books and maps are some of many we would recommend for reading before coming to the Canadian Rockies.
Some are what we would call 'background' reading, some are specific to the trip you will be doing, and all are excellent preparation and fun to read, counting the days before your holiday begins.
The books & maps are divided into following categories:

1: GUIDE BOOKS
2: TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS
3: 'HOW TO' BOOKS
4: REGIONAL TITLES

For a complete list of guide books and topographic maps of all our Canadian trips,
please click here


1: GUIDE BOOKS
BOOK TITLE USA CANADA UK

Chic Scott:
Summits and Icefields: Canadian Rockies
This ski touring guide features all classic and new alpine ski tours that can be done in the Canadian Rockies. Ski ascents, glacier tours, traverses. Difficulty ranges from easy/moderate to difficult and long ski tours.

Chic Scott:
Summits and Icefields: Columbia Mountains
This is the second volume of the 'Summits and Icefields' series.
The best ski ascents, glacier tours and ski traverses in the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains.

Chic Scott:
Ski Trails in the Canadian Rockies
A very thorough ski tour and backcountry guide to the Canadian Rockies: Information about equipment, accommodation, regulations included. Day-tours as well as multi-day adventures.

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2: TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS

MAP TITLE USA CANADA UK

When ordering one of the following maps online,
please use coupon id "ontop" to receive a 5% discount!

Murray Toft:
Touring the Wapta Icefields
1 : 50,000 scale with 100 feet contour interval. Revised third edition printed on tearproof, waterproof paper. 9 photos with route overlays. Straddling the continental divide north of Lake Louise, the Wapta Icefield is probably the most widely travelled of all the Rockies' icefields.
   

Canada Centre for Mapping, Natural Resources Canada
Hector Lake, 82-N/9
Scale 1:50,000
Contour elevations - 40 metres. Latest edition.

Canada Centre for Mapping, Natural Resources Canada
Lake Louise 82-N/8
Scale 1:50,000
Contour elevations - 40 metres. Latest edition.

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MAP TITLE USA CANADA UK

Bow Lake and Saskatchewan Crossing
1:70,000
Gem Trek Publishing

Contour interval 25 metres. 1000 metre grid. This new 3-D map combines state-of-the-art relief shading with contour lines, making it easier to visualize the mountain topography. On the back of the map are descriptions of hiking, biking and cross country ski trails in the area.

Lake Louise & Yoho
1:50,000
Gem Trek Publishing
Contour interval 25 metres. 1000 metre grid. This new 3-D map combines state-of-the-art relief shading with contour lines, making it easier to visualize the mountain topography. On the back of the map are descriptions of hiking, biking and cross country ski trails in the area.
Banff & Jasper
1:400,000
Gem Trek Publishing
This new map uses state-of-the-art relief shading, making it easier to visualize the mountain topography. Includes campground information and townsite maps, 32 points of interest, lodges and hot springs. Includes both Banff and Jasper National Parks.
Banff National Park
1:250,000
Gem Trek Publishing
A map and guide in one. National Parks Explorer Series. Folded map in card wrapper. 1:250,000 scale. 200 metre contour intervals. Wildlife, history, geology and highlights are included in this user-friendly guide to Banff National Park.

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3: 'HOW TO' BOOKS

BOOK TITLE USA CANADA UK
Martin Volken:
Backcountry Skiing

"...The authors provide skiers with all the tools and knowledge they need to safely and successfully travel in the mountains. The guide features intermediate-to-advanced techniques for ski touring and ski mountaineering, from planning wilderness trips to perfecting turns in rolling terrain and mastering uphill climbing. ..." (amazon)
Bruce Jamieson:
Backcountry Avalanche Awareness
This book has been published by the Canadian Avalanche Association, and covers every aspect and detail one needs to know in regards to avalanche safety before heading out to the backcountry, be it for skiing or climbing.
P.A. Schaerer, P. Schaerer:
The avalanche handbook
"For backcountry enthusiasts with a science background, this book provides a thorough introduction to avalanche theory. The book is divided into chapters which build a solid foundation (weather systems, snow structure) through snowpack basics (snow strength and deformation, snowpack structure) and well into more advanced concepts (snowpack analysis, avalanche prediction, search and rescue, and even control with explosives, etc.) " (reader review, amazon)
BOOK TITLE USA CANADA UK

Bruce Tremper:
Staying alive in avalanche terrain
"...I own 6 of the most popular books on avalanche safety; this is by far the best. The core information needed to assess avalanche risk is given in some detail but the explanations are presented in "everyday" terms and are quite easy to understand. None-the-less,Tremper never talks down to his readers and the full level of complexity inherent in the subject matter is maintained..."
(reader's review, amazon)

Andrew Selters:
Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue
"This superb primer is now larger and sports new photos and excellent drawings that illustrate the technical aspects of travel in glacier country." (Back Country Magazine)
David Seidman, Paul Cleveland:
The Essential Wilderness Navigator
This book has the best ratings by far for all orienteering/navigating books. All skills are explained in a language everybody can understand, and covers meticously all assetts of orientieering with a compass/map. The book does talk about GPS and how to use it, but is not a specific book for navigating with a GPS.

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4: REGIONAL TITLES
BOOK TITLE USA CANADA UK
Glen Boles, Roger Laurilla,
William L. Putnam:
Canadian Mountain Place Names
The towering peaks of the Canadian Rockies and Columbia Mountains rival the European Alps in fame. When travelling or climbing, hiking or skiing in these areas, have you ever wondered where the names of the peaks, rivers and lakes came from, or who named them and why?
Originally published as "Place Names of the Canadian Alps", this new edition is completely revised and updated. (Synopsis, Amazon)

Chic Scott:
Powder Pioneers
"...Discover the rich ski history of the Canadian Rockies and Columbia Mountains with award-winning author and historian Chic Scott. He covers all aspects of the sport, ranging from the ski jumpers at Revelstoke in the 1920s to the birth of ski lodges and ski resorts to the heli-skiers, loppet racers and snowboarders of today..." (Rocky Mountain Books. For more books on the Canadian Rockies: www.rmbooks.com)

Chic Scott:
Pushing the limits
"...Begin the trek through Canada's climbing history…
Learn about Swiss guides who ushered in the glory years of first ascents. Continue through to the turn of the twentieth century when British and American climbers of leisure found themselves hampered by the difficulties of travel through the Canadian wilderness. Learn about the European immigrants of the 1950s who pushed the limits on the rock walls, and the American superstars who led the search for frightening new routes on the big north faces." (Rocky Mountain Books www.rmbooks.com)

BOOK TITLE USA CANADA UK

Mary Schaffer:
Old Indian Trails in the Canadian Rockies
"...Mary T.S. Schäffer was an avid explorer and one of the first non-Native women to venture into the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, where few women - or men - had gone before[]Full of daring adventure and romantic depictions of camp life, set against the grand backdrop of Canada’s mountain landscapes, the book introduces readers to various characters from the annals of Canadian mountaineering history..."(Rocky Mountain Books: For more books on the Canadian Rockies: www.rmbooks.com)

Jack Bennett:
Not won in a day
"...An adventure story and guidebook in one, this is the tale of Jack Bennett's extraordinary effort to become the first person to climb all the high points of Canada's provinces and territories. From a fire tower in New Brunswick to a remote mountain in Nunavut, this is a story of hardship, triumph and sheer singlemindedness..." (Rocky Mountain Books: For more books on the Canadian Rockies: www.rmbooks.com)

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