a o wheeler Mountain Retreat
The classic, the favourite - A O Wheeler Mountain Retreat.
This was The Lady Alliance's first ever retreat in 2017. This will be our 6th time back bringing over 80 ladies with us.
It is definitely a community favourite!
Join us while we explore Rogers Pass and Glacier National Park, and most importantly meet and connect with other female adventurers!
This all-ladies meet up is at your own pace. Enjoy the back country cabin, challenge yourself on hikes, zen to mountain yoga, capture the beauty of the mountains, and more!
Sept 4 - Sept 7, 2020
Sept 4th - 8pm
A O Wheeler - Glacier NP
$299 + tax
About this Adventure...
This is our most popular event!
"Strangers had the opportunity to become friends. When it’s all women, you take lead, push further, you laugh harder, and you summit that mountain." // Kieren Britton - The Lady Alliance
"This community and my experience on their First Annual Adventure to the A.O. Wheeler Hut in Glacier National Park, has left such a positive imprint in my life. For someone who was new to the hiking world at the beginning of this summer, it was very easy to find inspiration on social media, which usually turned into being overwhelmed. The true inspiration came from when I discovered The Lady Alliance." // Kelsey Derkach
**This is one of our 2 long weekend options! If this weekend doesn't work for you, check out our Whiskey Jack Weekend!**
The Wheeler Hut is a true back country hut! A propane system provides the cooking and lighting, with two wood stoves for heating. No electricity, off grid.. the perfect log hut. The hut provides sleeping pads, but has no bedding. Please keep in mind that this is a backcountry hut, and is the perfect place for your wilderness experience.
Perfect for adventurers at all experience levels! Hikes span from easy to difficult!
- YOUR CHECKLIST
- what's included
Here's the plan...
Friday September 4
8 pm - meet at the hut + get acquainted
Saturday September 5
9 am - Yoga Session
10 am - Free time + hiking
Sunday September 6
9 am - Yoga Session
10 am - Free time + hiking
Monday September 7
By 11 am - Clean up and goodbyes
You'll need to provide...
*More information will be provided in your registration package.
Let's get you there...
Drive past the Illecillewaet campground, and park in the last parking lot on site. The hut is just above the parking lots.
This trip's schedule is flexible.
Are you a morning person? Join our mountain yoga session! Or grab other morning hikers and head out first thing in the morning.
Are you not feeling a hike that day? Check out mellow walks or sights in the area.
We all cook and clean together, so we encourage everyone to be around the hut during meals.
Coming from out of western Canada? We suggest flying into the Calgary airport.
From Calgary, total drive time: 3 hrs 45 min
From Kelowna, total drive time: 3 hrs 20 min
- Accessed via Illecillewaet Campground Rd
- 3.5 km W of Rogers Pass Information Centre
- Parking at the hut
There is a parking lot very close to the hut. Walk only 2 minutes up to the hut from your vehicle.
Alpine Club of Canada states:
Carrying on the tradition of the Glacier House which was closed in 1925 and now exists only as a few concrete foundation pieces, the Wheeler Hut serves as a base for the legendary powder skiing of the Rogers Pass area. In summer there are numerous opportunities for hiking.
This is the birthplace of alpinism in North America. Many of the routes are steeped in tradition and history, an interesting fact to remember as you reach for that next impeccable quartzite handhold or take that next footstep along one of the many trails which wind through the lush cedar forests that dominate the region.
This is the one and only ACC hut which can be reached by vehicle in summer.
It is difficult to convey to the first time visitor the number and quality of the summer day trips possible from the hut. The potential is outstanding from this single hut including summer hikes to Asulkan Pass or up the Great Glacier Trail to the Illicilewaet Glacier, summer climbs to Sapphire Col, Mt. Sir Donald, and Avalanche Peak; winter ski tours to Young’s Peak, the Seven Steps of Paradise, the Dome Glacier – the list goes on and on. Go and explore for yourself, you will not be disappointed!
The Wheeler Hut is a true back country hut! A propane system provides the cooking and lighting, with two wood stoves for heating. The hut also provides sleeping pads, but has no bedding. Please keep in mind that this is a backcountry hut, and is the perfect place for your wilderness experience.
General: 3 .5 km west of Rogers Pass Info Center
Map and Grid Reference: 82N/6 (Blaeberry), Grid Reference 657791
Hut Elevation: 1250 m (4100 ft)
GPS: NAD83 11U 465700E 5679300N
Lat / Long: 51°15’ 48”-117°29’ 24”
Level of Difficulty:
No previous experience is necessary but a general fitness level is needed. You will be able to choose the hikes that best suit your needs. You will need to carry your personal gear plus food and water for a short distance each day.
The hut is a backcountry hut.
There is no guide present on this adventure. These hikes are taken at your own risk.
Transportation to hut is not provided. You must purchase a park pass to enter the park.
Registration can only be completed once you have read our terms and conditions.
This adventure will be cancelled if we do not have enough registrants. In the case of a cancellation, we will refund your ticket purchase.
No refunds after registration.
BOOK YOUR TRIP
$299 + tax
Sept 4 - Sept 7, 2019
How are The Lady Alliance events different from other events?
The number one goal is to introduce you to other kick-ass, adventurous women. It’s all about building community! Our second goal is to introduce you to the outdoors. It’s quite the thing to witness, putting a group of women who are passionate about the outdoors in an epic location. We know it’s a cliche thing to say… but it’s where the magic happens.
Do you arrange transport to the event?
No, all transport to and from the event will be your responsibility unless stated otherwise. We will encourage you to join us on our Facebook group The Lady Alliance Community to help you plan your carpool rides!
When should I book my flight?
We have a minimum number of attendees for this trip to carry through. If you are booking a flight to the location of this event please hold off booking until we have confirmed with you that the minimum number has been reached. Be sure to book a day that allows you to get there before the arrival date and time!
Is food included?
Yes. Unless otherwise specified in the trip itinerary or information.
Is there a minimum age for this event?
Unless otherwise mentioned, 19+ for all events in Canada. 21+ for all events in the USA.
I want to book with friends. How do I do that?
The best way is to add all of the tickets to one cart, that way you know if we have enough spaces.
I'm coming solo. Is that okay?
YES! More than 70% of women who sign up for our trips, sign up solo.
Is a deposit required to secure my place?
Deposits, or full payments, vary trip by trip. Payment prior to the trip is needed to secure your place.
What if I need to cancel?
Please let us know as soon as possible. Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds but you can transfer your ticket. If you can no longer make the event, please get in touch to discuss transferring your ticket.
What is your refund policy?
Due to the nature of The Lady Alliance retreats, we don’t offer refunds. We do, however, offer transfers. You are responsible for finding someone to transfer your ticket to and arranging the exchange of funds for your ticket. If you can no longer make the event, please get in touch to discuss transferring your ticket.
Who will be managing our trip?
One or two of our awesome chapter coordinators will be running your retreat!
Do I have to join in on all the activities?
No. You are not required to join in on all the activities. You can still join us on the retreat, the ticket price remains the same. You do you!
What if the weather doesn't cooperate?
Let’s be honest, Mother Nature never cooperates. That’s why we love her. Keep an eye on the forecast and pack accordingly. We never let uncooperative weather ruin our fun!
I have another question...
A TON of information is coming your way in your registration package - once you register. If you have questions before registration, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!