This hut has incredible, rustic charm, a long mountaineering history, and plenty of tales to tell. While achieving the climb to the historic refuge, and being up there, on top of the world, adventuring, cooking, sleeping and eating with great friends was an amazing experience, what captured my imagination even more were the stories of the people who had come before us.
The hut has a sign-in book in which visitors can write and draw. There was certainly a common theme: surviving the scree slope and conquering fear. But what I found overwhelmingly wonderful was the sense of joy that permeated just about all of the writings in the 2016 & 2017 books.
Some of the entries were the basic, “Wahoo, we did it!” kind of posts… but some shared intimate details of personal struggles, revealing in their stories who these people were, who they wanted to be, how the experience of coming to Abbot Hut had profoundly effected their life journey, often revealing who they were becoming in the process. It was fascinating stuff.
Some entries celebrated the fabulous outhouse and its views (!! Really!!). Some celebrated friendships, old and new. Some thanked the ACC and Parks Canada for making opportunities like this available to all. And some… well, some were downright funny. Come along & see…
What a location! At night, the winds blew so fiercely, it felt like you’d get blown off the narrow spine connecting the outhouse to where the hut stood!
I’ll leave you with our entries in the book (and for the record, if anyone’s out there maintaining that proverbial record, there was definitely more than one bear in that sleeping nook upstairs!).
To be continued... next up: descending the scree and completing the Alpine Circuit (heading out via Lake Oesa, the Yukness Ledges & the All Soul’s and All Soul’s Prospect route).
Cancellations are also posted on the Yoho Trail Conditions page by Parks Canada. Be flexible about your dates, keep this page open on your phone, refresh it frequently, and you’re far more likely to get in. (Thanks for the tip, Ian!)
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Trekking up a mountain’s shoulder, hiking through a flowering alpine meadow, snowshoeing through a dense pine forest, or taking in the 360 degree views from a ridge top vantage point make me feel alive. The experiences in these places give me a profound sense of space and place.
Travel does a similar thing, pushing me out of my comfort zone, exposing me to new experiences, new people and new ways of thinking; it also gives me that sense of space and place in this world.
I believe that life is lived in the contrasts: when you experience simplicity and complexity and life's ups and downs, whether they be physically in this world or mentally in your own personal inner landscape, you know that you are truly living.
The bigger they are, the more there is to explore!