Last Chance: Spearhead Huts Society Offers Hut Nights, Swag to Donors

The Spearhead Huts Society has turned to crowdfunding to raise $100,000 before February 1 in order to start construction next summer on the first hut at Russet Lake below Fissile.


Spearhead Traverse, Whistler, BC Photo: Jordan Manley

The Society has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money and offer pre-sales of hut nights for Winter 2018. These hut nights will sell out fast, so take advantage of this opportunity, and do your part to help this worthwhile project. Arc’teryx also kicked down some prizing, and photographer Robin O’Neill has donated some prints.


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From the Spearhead Huts Society:

Donors to the Spearhead Hut Society have a chance to secure their legacy as the inaugural adventurers to spend a night in the frst modern alpine hut to grace the iconic 40 km Spearhead Traverse.

Along with pre-reserved nights at Russet Lake’s Kees & Claire Memorial Hut, the Society and its partners are ofering gear from Arc’teryx, limited edition prints of the Spearhead Range by photographer Robin O’Neill and guided backcountry trips as incentives to donors who back their crowd-sourced fundraising drive.

The Indiegogo campaign, which wraps up on February 1, aims to raise $100,000 – the last of the $1.3 million funding that, combined with some volunteer labour and in-kind materials/service donations, is required to break ground on the frst of three huts this June. It will augment a transformational gift of almost $900,000 from the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation, $150,000 from the Resort Municipality of Whistler and other private donations.



“We know we have a huge grassroots base of support from the outdoor community,” said Andre Charland, the Society’s fundraising lead. “We are asking these supporters to jump on board over the next couple of weeks and get us past the fnish line so we can open the doors to the first hut a year from now.”

BC Parks granted the Spearhead Huts project fnal approval last February after receiving
overwhelming support from the public, Lil’wat First Nations and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

Once the Russet hut is complete, construction will begin on the Mt. Pattison and Mt. Macbeth structures. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $4.5 million. Each of the three environmentally sustainable huts will provide summer and winter travelers with exceptional opportunities to explore and visit some of the most picturesque and dramatic terrain in the mountains adjacent to the Whistler resorts.

Beyond the Indiegogo campain, the Spearhead Huts Society also proudly became a registered charity in mid December, and can now ofer tax receipts for direct donations made outside of the crowd-funding campaign.

For more information, visit or go to the crowd-sourced funding page at: