Joffre Lakes Group

Coast range mountaineering classics

Joffre Lakes Group is just north of Whistler, in the heart of the southern coastal mountains, lie the Duffey 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: Mount Matier, Slalock, Hartzel and Mount 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 areas 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.

The Goods

Length: 1 or More Days

Starting point: Whistler, BC.

Summit Elevation: 2678M (8786ft)

Season: June 1 - October 1

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 2:1

Style of Climbing: Steep snow, rock and ice,

Cost: Starting at $790 per person

Book a Custom Trip

Custom Dates & Duration

2 day trip $1245

One climber

2 day trip $725 / pp

Two climbers

3 day trip $1845

One climber

3 day trip $1100 / pp

Two climbers

Add-Ons

Vancouver Heli Skiing - Altus Mountain Guides
Trip Photographer

Personal photographer to capture the trips epic moments.

What's Included

What's included

  • Guide’s fees
  • Group equipment
  • Two days of lunch
  • One breakfast, one dinner
  • Transportation from Squamish to trailhead (4x4 road)
  • Photos of the climb 
Not Included

Not included

  • Pre and post valley accommodation
  • Sleeping bag + mat
  • Tent
  • Use of mountaineering boots
Gear list

Gear list

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 equipment: (supplied by Altus if required)

  • Light weight 2 or 3 person tent
  • Single burner stove and fuel
  • Cooking sets (2 pots per 3 people)
  • Personal eating utensils – cup, bowl, spoon
  • Compass and map
  • GPS

Technical equipment (supplied by Altus if required)

  • Ice axe 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
  • Tape / Repair kit
Prerequisites

Is this for you?

The number one questions we get from our guest is "are they ready for a multi-pitch?". 99.9% the answer is YES, our guide job is literally to push guests ability. If you have some minimum climbing and eagerness for a day of adventure we can make the day for you!

  • Previous rock climbing experience, in the gym or outside
  • Have top roped 5.6 as a minimum
  • Fitness to be moving for a minimum of 3 hours
  • Can hike 1 hour in gentle uphill terrain
  • Likes being outside

Sounds too basic for you? We got you covered, our crew can guide anything from the easiest to nearly the hardest routes in Squamish.

 

Itinerary

Day 1:  Meet in Whistler at designated time and location to organize gear and food. Drive 1.5 hours north to the trailhead. From the trailhead 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 assess 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, Slalock, Hartzel and Mt Joffre. After the second day of climbing, we head back to Whistler for dinner.

*Contact us for custom dates, duration and included costs

 

The Objective

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 Keith’s Hut, makes for a pleasant trip into the alpine.

Start Elevation: 1200m

Summit: 2730m

Gain: 1530m

Loss: 1530m

Distance from the summit: 7.9km

 

Joffre Lakes Group Mt.
Joffre East Ridge
Slalok - Stonecrop Glacier (1400m run!!)
Mount Joffre North Face Couloirs

Still Have Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!

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.

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