Guy Hut Update - July 27

 

Crews of ACC staff and volunteers continue their work at the site of the Louise and Richard Guy Hut on Mont des Poilus in Yoho National Park. The work this past week has involved digging into the scree, dirt and bedrock of Mont des Poilus to get ready for the concrete pour. All photos in this update are courtesy of Roger Vernon, who along with Will Schmidt, has been onsite documenting the construction.

 Crew at the site of the Louise and Richard Guy Hut. Photo by Roger Vernon.

Crew at the site of the Louise and Richard Guy Hut. Photo by Roger Vernon.

Mountain weather

The weather at the construction site has been a challenge, with a number of days with rain, snow and freezing temperatures. The work crew (including many volunteers) continue to work through the difficult conditions. The forecast is for better weather ahead, which will be very welcome.

 Work camp with new snow. Photo by Roger Vernon.

Work camp with new snow. Photo by Roger Vernon.

Foundation digging

The primary job at this stage is getting the holes dug for the foundation and getting everything ready for the concrete pour. The digging has involved shovel and pick work, as well as extensive chiseling into the mountain's bedrock.

 Foundation digging, Louise and Richard Guy Hut. Photo by Roger Vernon.

Foundation digging, Louise and Richard Guy Hut. Photo by Roger Vernon.

 Foundation digging. Photo by Roger Vernon.

Foundation digging. Photo by Roger Vernon.

Helicopters flying cement

In the next few days helicopters will begin long-lining loads of cement into the work site. Two helicopters will be flying in the loads to the crew waiting at the site.

 Getting ready for the helicopters. Photo by Roger Vernon.

Getting ready for the helicopters. Photo by Roger Vernon.

Next steps

After the foundation is poured, the crew will set their sites on building the hut's outhouse and begin working on the steel framing for the hut walls. Check back here for more updates and photos.

Volunteers

Once again, our thanks go out to the volunteers who've taken time from their summer to do back breaking work building a hut up high on a cold mountain. You're a special breed.

 Building a mountain hut. Photo by Roger Vernon.

Building a mountain hut. Photo by Roger Vernon.