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.

 A bluebird day for the dedication ceremony of the Louise and Richard Guy Hut. Photo by Roger Vernon

A bluebird day for the dedication ceremony of the Louise and Richard Guy Hut. Photo by Roger Vernon

 Richard Guy and a picture of Louise take in the dedication ceremony. Photo by Will Schmidt.

Richard Guy and a picture of Louise take in the dedication ceremony. Photo by Will Schmidt.

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.

 ACC President Gordon Currie thanks Richard Guy during the dedication ceremony. Photo by Will Schmidt.

ACC President Gordon Currie thanks Richard Guy during the dedication ceremony. Photo by Will Schmidt.

 ACC President Gordon Currie dedicates the Louise and Richard Guy Hut. Photo by Will Schmidt.

ACC President Gordon Currie dedicates the Louise and Richard Guy Hut. Photo by Will Schmidt.

Richard's Speech

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.

 Richard Guy declares himself the “luckiest person in the world." Photo by Will Schmidt.

Richard Guy declares himself the “luckiest person in the world." Photo by Will Schmidt.

 Richard Guy hammering the ceremonial nail into the hut’s timbers. Photo by Will Schmidt.   

Richard Guy hammering the ceremonial nail into the hut’s timbers. Photo by Will Schmidt.

 

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.

 Historian Chic Scott speaks at the hut dedication. Photo by Roger Vernon.

Historian Chic Scott speaks at the hut dedication. Photo by Roger Vernon.

 Chic Scott is interviewed by Global TV. Photo by Will Schmidt.

Chic Scott is interviewed by Global TV. Photo by Will Schmidt.

Media Attention

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.

 Richard Guy chats with Jayme Doll of Global TV. Photo by Will Schmidt.

Richard Guy chats with Jayme Doll of Global TV. Photo by Will Schmidt.

 Richard Guy with champagne toast. Photo by Will Schmidt.

Richard Guy with champagne toast. Photo by Will Schmidt.

Work Remains

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.

 The upstairs sleeping area of the Guy Hut. Photo by Will Schmidt.

The upstairs sleeping area of the Guy Hut. Photo by Will Schmidt.

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.