5040 Peak Hut construction is underway!
Editor's note: A new hut on Vancouver Island - ACC member Chris Jensen will be keeping us updated with photo galleries on the progress of the building of the ACC's newest hut that, once complete, will expand the western edge of the ACC's hut network by more than 150km. Stay tuned for more updates.
Construction has begun
The ACC Vancouver Island Section is very excited to begin construction of the ACC's first hut on Vancouver Island, on 5040 Peak. Our newest ACC hut is being built by Vancouver Island Section members and volunteers and will provide access to extensive summer alpine hiking and superb winter skiing in the area around Triple Peak, from its location 35km west of Port Alberni.
The hut will sleep 12 and features a large kitchen (with propane stove) and a large living space with maximal views of the surrounding peaks. It will be heated by a wood pellet stove and will utilize solar panels to power lighting and the pellet stove. The design is based on the Jim Haberl Hut, with some modifications made in consultation with the designers of that hut to incorporate First Nations-inspired design elements (see image below).
Collaboration is making it happen
The project is a collaboration between many organizations including the ACC Vancouver Island Section, ACC National, the four First Nations in the surrounding area, the local municipalities, MEC and the Island Coastal Economic Trust. We have more than 100 volunteers signed up to help and a two person film crew that will be producing a high quality documentary of this community mountain project for the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Thanks to everyone for helping to bring this hut to life!
Volunteer dream team
We had a dream team up there this weekend. The gang from Saltspring Island and the rest of us from Vancouver Island worked our butts off and managed to get a ton accomplished in two days.
Follow the 5040 Hut build progress
You can learn more about the project, and make a donation, on the Vancouver Island Section's website
You can also get minute to minute updates on this hut build and find out how you can volunteer at the ACC Vancouver Island 5040 Peak Hut page on Facebook.