Keith’s Hut, Pemberton

This was an incredible weekend ski touring and exploring an area just north of Pemberton, BC.

 

We headed into a zone slightly east of the Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. It’s home to a lovely little cabin, Keith’s Hut, which was to be our base for the weekend. We completely lucked out with blue skies, numerous bowls of fresh untouched powder and good avalanche conditions.

 

We parked where Cerise Creek meets the Duffy Lake Rd and made our way into the area from there. An easy-going trail weaves it’s way through the trees along the snow-covered creek for about 2kms and 300m of elevation before emerging into the main area. We set off from the car park at 7am to make the most of the skiing, once we had arrive at the hut. It also meant the tour in to the area was stunning as the sun came up…

 

Many of the photos come courtesy of Alex ‘Danger’ Miller.

Enroute to Keith's Hut from the Duffy Lake Rd.

Enroute to Keith’s Hut from the Duffy Lake Rd.

Looking East towards Vantage Peak as the sub rises behind it.

Looking East towards Vantage Peak as the sub rises behind it.

The sun catching Mount Joffre as we make an early start for Keith's Hut.

The sun catching Mount Joffre as we make an early start for Keith’s Hut.

A panoramic of the area with Vantage peak in the left of Mount Joffre on the right.

A panoramic of the area with Vantage peak in the left of Mount Joffre on the right.

Sun is out as we get closer to arriving at Keith's Hut.

Sun is out as we get closer to arriving at Keith’s Hut.

The untouched bowls of the area surrounding Keith's Hut.

The big powdery bowls of the area surrounding Keith’s Hut and Anniversary Glacier up ahead.

After 2 hours we made it to Keith’s Hut. A very impressive and well kitted-out hut nestled in trees on top of the ridge which leads up to Mount Joffre. A great base to explore the many peaks, bowls and ridges in the area.

The view from Keith's Hut looking up at Mount Joffre and Anniversary Glacier.

The view from Keith’s Hut looking up at Mount Joffre and Anniversary Glacier.

After we off-loaded the camping kit and had a quick bite to eat, we headed directly up the ridge towards Mount Joffre and Motel 66 (a sheltered camping and bivvy spot at the base of Anniversary Glacier).

Leaving Keith's Hut and heading up to Motel 66.

Leaving Keith’s Hut and heading up to Motel 66.

Making our way up the ridge with Mount Joffre in the background.

Making our way up the ridge with Mount Joffre in the background.

Looking back down the ridge with Vantage in the background.

Looking back down the ridge with Vantage in the background.

Keith's Hut almost completely covered due to the great snowfall this season.

Looking back down on Keith’s Hut, which is almost completely covered due to the great snowfall this season.

Once we got to Motel 66 it provides for some pretty epic views of the surrounding playground we had all weekend to explore.

View of Vantage peak from Motel 66.

View of Vantage peak from Motel 66.

View of Anniversary Glacier and Matier Peak from Motel 66.

View of Anniversary Glacier and Matier Peak from Motel 66.

 

It’s worth clicking on the photo above, simply to zoom in and try to spot the people (black specks) on Anniversary Glacier – it puts the size of the place into perspective.

Vantage Peak and Ridge getting a little dusting of cloud.

Vantage Peak and Ridge getting a little dusting of cloud.

Panorama from Motel 66, looking north.

Panorama from Motel 66, looking north. Mattier Peak, poking out above Alex’s head.

After getting up to Motel 66, a short 45min tour from the hut, it was time to get the skins off, clip in and get some lines in…

Heading down from Motel 66.

Heading down from Motel 66. Mount Joffre looking epic in the background.

 

Catching some lines above Keith's Hut.

Catching some lines above Keith’s Hut.

Fresh lines around Keith's Hut, BC.

Fresh lines around Keith’s Hut, BC.

After a days skiing fresh tracks, we headed back to Keith’s Hut for the evening to get a good feed and find out who we were going to be sharing the floor with…

The interior of Keith's Hut.

The living room of Keith’s Hut.

Keith's Hut at night.

Keith’s Hut under the stars.

The following day offered more blue skies and more fresh lines in incredible snow.

Sunrise from Motel 66.

Sunrise from Motel 66.

Heading to Vantage peak.

Heading to Vantage peak.

View from Vantage Ridge.

View East, from Vantage Ridge.

Panorama from Vantage Ridge.

Panorama from Vantage Ridge.

Alex making his way up Vantage Ridge.

Alex making his way up Vantage Ridge.

Finishing the weekend with beers and bacon sandwiches.

Finishing the weekend with beers and bacon sandwiches.

 

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