Joffre Lakes Group


Joffery Lakes are north of Whistler, in the heart of the southern coastal mountains, lie the Duffy lake area and some of the finest mountaineering peaks in BC. We will spend three days climbing the majestic glaciated peaks of the Joffre Lakes Group: Mt Matier, Slaylock, Hartzel and Mt Joffre. Camping will be at a high col on the Anniversary Glacier within striking distance of steep north faces, classic glacier ascents and rocky ridge climbs – all in a sensational setting!

The Joffre Lakes Group is one of the great mountaineering area in Canada on the coast range that is easily accessible from the highway. It is a bit of a hike but once in the area there are many great mountaineering adjectives to do. Let our certified ACMG and IFMGA Mountain Guides take you to the best mountaineering the Joffre Group has to offer.

Who for

The Joffre Lakes area offers many options, this trip is suitable for anyone from absolute beginner to the experienced mountaineer. Routes range from mellow glacier trips to airy technical rock ridges. Joffre Lakes group, especially with the Kieth’s Hut, makes for a pleasant trip into the alpine.

What’s included

Guide fee, transportation from Whistler, breakfast and dinner, hut fees, equipment rentals (excluding boots)

What’s not included

Transport to Whistler, lunch


June – October


3 day

$800 per person 1:2 (guide : guest)

* Custom dates, duration, prices are available depending on requests.


Day 1:  Meet in Whistler at designated time and location to organize gear and food. Drive 1.5 hours north to the trail head. From the trail head it is typically a 3 to 4 hour hike up to Keith’s Hut in the Joffre Lakes Park.  Once at the hut or camping area your guide will asses the conditions and work with you to make a plan for the next days.

Day 2 and 3: We will have full days climbing peaks. Options include Vantage Peak, Mt Matier, Slaylock, Hartzel and Mt Joffre. After the second day of climbing we head back to Whistler for dinner.

Joffre Lakes Group EQUIPMENT LIST

Please contact Altus Mountain Guides for any questions or expert advice on the best equipment to have.  Let us know what you need on the list before you purchase any gear.  We can lend you gear free of charge or can advise you on the best gear to purchase. 


Personal Gear:

  • Boots – full-leather, They should be well broken-in and waterproofed with snow seal or similar
  • Sleeping bag – good to approx. -5 or -10 degrees Celsius
  • Sleeping pad – therma-rest style or closed-cell foam
  • Backpack – 40-80 litre capacity
  • Summit-pack – 20-40 litre capacity (Optional)
  • Outer layer jacket with hood – Gore-Tex style
  • Light weight outer layer waterproof pants – Gore-Tex style
  • Lightweight thermal layers – top & bottom, Polypro, Icebreaker, etc.
  • Climbing/hiking pants – nylon, fleece, Schoeller, etc. (1 pair)
  • Gloves (medium weight) – wool or poly-pro (2 pair)
  • Waterproof gloves or mitts (gloves work best) (2 pairs)
  • Warm parka/jacket – down, synthetic, fleece or pile (1)
  • Sweater or vest – wool, synthetic, fleece or down (1)
  • Socks – wool or synthetic blend (2-3 pairs)
  • Toque/warm hat – wool or fleece (1)
  • Sunglasses –  UV block  with good eye coverage (1pr)
  • Ski goggles
  • Headlamp with new batteries
  • Personal 1st aid (blister kit, toothbrush, blister kit, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Misc. personal items (camera, journal, etc.)
  • Sunscreen – minimum spf45
  • Water bottles/hydration system – minimum 1 liters
  • Walking pole(s) – Optional but helpful for the approach/descent
  • Gaiters (1 pair) – Optional if built in paint gaiters or boot gaiters

Communal and Technical equipment:

  • (Supplied by AMG if required):
  • Light weight 2 or 3 person tent
  • Single burner stove and fuel
  • Cooking sets (2 pots per 3 people)
  • Compass and map
  • GPS
  • First Aid Kit
  • Ice ax and technical climbing tool
  • Climbing harness – seat harness only
  • Helmet
  • 3 locking carabineers
  • 1 belay device
  • Crampons – adjusted to your boots (1 pair)
  • Small “thermos” for hot drinks (optional)
  • Knife – Swiss army style
  • Personal eating utensils – cup, bowl, spoon
  • Tape / Repair kit

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he’s at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.