An alpine hut run by the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) in Asulkan Valley, Rogers Pass, Glacier National Park
The Alpine Club of Canada operates the largest network of backcountry huts in North America.
Access to these family-friendly huts in alpine meadows, backcountry powder paradises and remote climbers’ refuges will now be cheaper for UIAA members.
To date, UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation members were able to use the huts at ACC member rates if they paid the annual hut upgrade fee of $24.
“Effective immediately, all members of UIAA members are now invited to enjoy our huts at ACC member rates while no longer paying the annual $24 fee,” said Peter Muir of the Alpine Club of Canada and a UIAA Management Committee member.
The move, said Muir, is meant to promote the ACC’s goals of helping to increase mountain fraternity, increase UIAA members benefits and hopefully gain more reciprocal rights for its members with other UIAA members around the world.
“It is among the most beautiful and well planned hut system in the world,” said Muir, adding that the ACC is expanding with a nice new connection to the winter traverse of the Wapta Ice field (des Poilus hut) for the 2015-2015 winter season.
A Reciprocal Agreement on Mountain Huts currently exists across Europe for members of UIAA federations. They are entitled to use about 1,200 mountain huts offering accommodation for 66,000 people in the entire alpine region – from Slovenia to France, including the Pyrenees.
Use of the huts is government by the International Reciprocity Agreement on Mountain Huts which has its goal, the improvement of mountaineering through the promotion of the use of huts in the Alps and Pyrenees ranges.
The agreement is based on the application to all members of the associations of the same discounted rates for use of the huts, according to each national rule.