Road Trip

Pollution Solutions

by Hillary Geronemus

While most summer hikers suffer scorching heat along the trail, a select few will be trekking along the blue ridges of a glacier. Sound good? Then join the Alpine Club of Canada for a week of hut-to-hut hiking in the Canadian Rockies backcountry. Even beginners (physically fit ones) can join the Full Wapta Traverse, a trek for eight clients and two expert guides that crosses ice fields and peaks as high as 10,509 feet. (Hikes might average six miles a day, but much of it is vertical.) The huts themselves are basic A-frame structures with woodstoves and bunk beds; meals are mostly dehydrated ingredients and are prepared by the hikers as a team (and actually aren't half bad). Oh, and dig out your thermal socks and invest in an ice ax: The temp drops to freezing most nights.

Alpine Club of Canada
Tel: 403 678 3200
From $1,295 per person for eight days

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