The Wendy Thompson Hut is a reservations-only based hut.
Reservations can be made no more than 90 days prior to the first night at the hut, with the exception of requests from academic institutions. For those requests, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must have a confirmed reservation to stay at the hut.
Please note that your reservation is not confirmed until:
a) Pre-payment has been received and acknowledged with an email receipt
b) You have received an email stating that you and your party are booked
CONFIRMATION EMAILS CAN SOMETIMES BE DIRECTED TO JUNK/SPAM FOLDERS. PLEASE CHECK THERE BEFORE CONTACTING US.
The hut will sleep up to 16 persons + 4 custodians
Hut facilities or outhouse: $20 per person per night, or $15 if you are an Alpine Club of
Children 14 and under are eligible for a 20% discount.
Dogs are free, but must be kept outside the hut.
Your reservation is the same as a hotel with a 7 day cancellation policy. However, if the avalanche conditions as rated HIGH or EXTREME by Avalanche Canada for the northern portion of the South Coast Inland region bulletin within 24 hours of your departure, we will refund you in full if you wish to cancel.
If you are unable to make it to the hut because of navigation error or fatigue or group dynamics, we cannot refund your payment.
The Wendy Thompson Hut is located in the Marriott Basin backcountry, in Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) Challenging terrain. The winter route is NOT marked, and you will be responsible for route-finding and navigating. The Marriott Basin is zoned non-mechanized - no helicopter/sled/motorbike, and we are expected to maintain that usage as a condition of our tenure.
Useful Navigation and Route-finding Tools for Winter:
Driving directions: Take hwy 99 north from Pemberton until you reach the Ministry of Highways salt shed (about 41.5km from the Petrocan Station in Pemberton). For up-to-the date road weather check out Cayoosh Summit MOH Remote Weather Station. To access recent weather data, click on the weather button below the photo.
The orange-marked route into the Wendy Thompson Hut marks the summer hiking trail only. No winter route is marked, though portions of the summer route might be appropriate for access under favourable winter conditions.
If you don’t feel able to navigate and route-find in avalanche terrain under forecast conditions, you might consider the use of a guide to lead your group to the hut. We would be happy to recommend ACMG Assistant or Full Ski Guides or Mountain Guides for you if this is the case.
Directions for Winter Travel:
The hut is a modest Gothic-arch styled cabin. There are two floors. The lower floor contains the main entrance on the north side, which hosts a kitchen table, two six person tables, four long benches, and four folding chairs. There are four sinks (with buckets underneath), and a counter with three cook stations for you to cook and do kitchen prep. There are buckets provided for grey water and for pure water pulled from the creek. Keep them separate. Please use only indoor footwear in the hut and please keep your dogs outside.
Bring your own cooking stove. Please prepare your meals on the counters provided and do not leave your stove and food prep on the counters while eating - to be considerate of others. There are sufficient utensils, plates, cups, and cooking pots for a full hut of visitors. Please re-rack them after cleaning.
Please, please do not leave ANY food at the hut. Despite best intentions, these foods attract rodents and other small mammals, who attempt to chew their way into the hut. It is up to users to remove materials that they have brought to the hut. Please do your best to keep the hut as clean as possible. It’s a good idea to bring in a small dish sponge and two dish towels to dry your dishes. Please do not leave used sponges or towels in the hut. They also attract rodents. Bleach has been left in the kitchen to help purify dish washing and washing up the counters.
Upstairs is a loft which contains the sleeping area with a large bunk bed. There are no single beds. You must bring your own sleeping bag but we have added new 4″ covered foam mats for sleeping. Please leave these mattresses on the bunks and do not move them around the hut. Please respect the space of other users. There are shelves on the wall opposite the beds and hooks to hang packs and stuff sacs from. Ear plugs are recommended to improve sleep quality.
Heating for the Wendy Thompson Hut is by a wood stove. Note that a great deal of volunteer time and helicopter transport was needed to provide the wood stacked at the hut. This is expensive, due to helicopter time and difficult logistics in the winter environment. There will be measures put into place to reduce the amount of wood used during any particular part of the season. Please respect these measures. Please use the wood according to the posted instructions at the hut and be mindful that the season is a long one. A small hatchet for creating kindling is cabled at the wood storage. Axes or splitting mauls are not to be brought into the hut. A good plan is to bring some dry kindling in your pack to make it easier to light the stove. Please do not keep the stove burning if you are out for the day or overnight. This is a backcountry hut and it is not expected to be t-shirt warm in the evenings. Note that the wood burning stove is locked from May to the end of October, as temperatures do not warrant heating.
In 2015, a solar lighting system was added to the hut. Under normal usage, three banks of light can be maintained during dark hours. Please only use the lights that are necessary for your purposes, but feel free to use whatever light you require. Note that the lights are on a two hour timer and will shut off after that time. Please do not adjust the time sequence. Just turn them on with a quick touch and turn them off when you don’t need them. Timing begins when they are switched back on. There are four USB chargers also located beside the switches.
New outhouse facilities, completed in September 2019, are located outside of the hut, accessed by a boardwalk from the front entrance. These urine-separating toilets are very effective and signs will explain their proper use. Containment barrels for solids will need to be changed occasionally and instructions are provided in doing so. Our facilities are user-maintained, so we appreciate that our guests will assist in changing the barrels before they overflow.
Gray water can also be disposed of in the toilets as long as solids are strained from it. A small sieve or an old nylon stocking works well to do that. Remember to pack out that strained waste along with other garbage. The previous “pee” tree has been removed and all urine and gray water should now go down the toilet.
Please be respectful of the natural environment by disposing of waste as described above.