Whistler Traveller Magazine - - LOCAL VIBE - STORY BY DAVID BURKE

Those who love to recre­ate in Whistler’s back­coun­try re­joiced last win­ter at the news that B.C. Parks ap­proved a Park Use Per­mit for three back­coun­try huts known col­lec­tively as the Spear­head Huts Project. Once com­pleted, the huts — at Rus­set Lake, Mount Pat­ti­son and Mount Mac­beth — will make com­plet­ing the 35-kilo­me­tre route known as the Spear­head Tra­verse in Garibaldi Pro­vin­cial Park safer and eas­ier. They will also help re­duce the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of recre­ational ac­tiv­ity in win­ter and sum­mer. First com­pleted in 1964, The Spear­head Tra­verse cur­rently at­tracts about 5,000 vis­i­tors an­nu­ally. The first hut, at Rus­set Lake, will re­place ag­ing Him­mels­bach Hut. New huts will be built at Mount Pat­ti­son and Mount Mac­beth, with all fund­ing raised through do­na­tions. Site in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been done at Rus­set Lake and con­struc­tion is planned for sum­mer 2017, with com­ple­tion by the spring of 2018, says Jayson Faulkner, chair of the Spear­head Huts Com­mit­tee. The plan is for the Alpine Club of Canada’s Whistler and Van­cou­ver sec­tion to over­see op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance of the huts. About $3 mil­lion still needs to be raised for the Mount Pat­ti­son and Mount Mac­beth huts, Faulkner says. “Our goal was al­ways to build them in sub­se­quent or­der.” He con­tin­ues, “Vol­un­teers have put in thou­sands of hours over the years to make this hap­pen.” spear­head­huts.org

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