Guy Hut dedication ceremony
There is a season's worth of interior construction work ahead, but the Louise and Richard Guy Hut was dedicated to it's namesake in a ceremony last Friday (September 11) under blue bird skies.
The Hut is Dedicated
Richard Guy was, of course the guest of honour as he watched the dedication with a picture of his late wife Louise in the chair beside him. On Louise's chair was her fleece jacket that many of our members remember her wearing on her mountain outings, complete with the many pins of recognition she had earned from her many years volunteering for the ACC. Club President Gordon Currie was on hand to make the official dedication and to thank Richard Guy, once again, for his and Louise's many years of service to the ACC and for his generous donation in Louise's name that made this project possible.
Richard gave a short speech in which he declared himself the luckiest person in the world for having shared 70 years with the woman he loved. After the dedication, Richard drove a ceremonial "last nail" into the hut's timbers.
The Historical Perspective
Local mountain historian and ski touring legend Chic Scott filled in the national media crews on the importance of the Guy Hut on the Yoho Traverse and the beauty of the "classic love story" of Louise and Richard. The day had perfect blue skies which was a welcome change from the severe summer storms that have raged on the Wapta for much of the summer.
Media and camera crews from Global TV and CBC were in attendance for the dedication and the celebration of the hut. Along with Richard and the ACC's representation were many of our partners and other donors.
Construction of the hut continues, with the exterior siding and roofing stage in progress presently. The hut will be locked up in the coming weeks with inside work continuing through the fall.
Our Deepest Appreciation
Many people have been and continue to be instrumental in making the Guy Hut come to life, but this week's thank you is reserved exclusively for Richard and Louise Guy. Thank you for gracing the Alpine Club of Canada with your time, energy, enthusiasm and love for the past 40 years. Thank you for everything you've done to make the Louise and Richard Guy hut become a reality.