Multiplicity Event / Fundraiser A Success

Thanks to everyone who came out to Mountain Life’s Multiplicity show at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler last week. The event was a huge success and highly entertaining. Tickets sold out so every seat was occupied as some 700+ people enjoyed presentations by a variety of inspiring adventurers. We haven’t done the calculations yet but we are confident the event was a very successful fundraiser for the project.

Special thanks to everyone who donated to (or participated in) the silent auction. Thanks to gear donations from some of our most loyal supporters – Surefoot Whistler, Escape Route, Extremely Canadian, Helly Hansen, and G3 Genuine Guide Gear – the silent auction raised over $2000 for the Spearhead Huts project.

But beyond the dollars and cents it was amazing to see such strong support and excitement from the Whistler community. Thanks to all of you for attending and participating!

Setting up the auction table.

Setting up the auction table.

New project info display.


New Spearhead Huts Project Video

Be a part of the legacy. Get involved in the Spearhead Huts project by donating your time, money, or skills and help make this dream a reality.

Special thanks to Anthony Bonello for creating this promotional video.


Join Us At Multiplicity – Sunday April 10

Don’t miss this great event. Get entertained, and help raise funds for the Spearhead Huts Project while you’re at it! Win win. Get your tickets and please help spread the word.

MULTIPLICITY — Elevation. Imagination. Inspiration.

Presented by Mountain Life Media – A special flagship fundraiser for the Spearhead Huts Project.

Like a TEDTalk® on adrenalin, MULTIPLICITY is adventurous visual storytelling at its finest, delivered by unique and passionate personalities in the mountain world. This event has become one of the crowd favorites in the WSSF’s line-up due to its immense inspirational message. A multimedia extravaganza designed to resonate as much as it entertains, the event premiered in 2013 and was immediately pegged “the most underrated event at WSSF.” Presenters use a mix of photography, slideshows, video and intriguing anecdotes to bring the audience into their world.

mul•ti•plic•i•ty noun \ˌməl-tə-ˈpli-sə-tē\
1a : the quality or state of being multiple or various.
Jimmy Martinello
Dr. Pushpa Chandra
Bruce Kirby
Lynsey Dyer
Norm Hann
Tamo Campos
Rory Bushfield
Jasmin Caton
and more
Show Details
When: Sunday, Apr 10, 2016 
Time: Doors 7:00 PM, Show 8:00 PM 
Ticket Price: CAD $20.00
Where: Whistler Conference Centre 4010 Whistler Way 

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Skiers approaching the future site of a backcountry hut on Mt Pattison on the Spearhead Traverse.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2016

Whistler, BC – If you build it, they will come. After a lengthy approval process, the much-anticipated Spearhead Huts project was given final approval by BC Parks on February 12, 2016 and granted a Park Use Permit in Garibaldi Provincial Park, allowing committee members to build three year-round backcountry huts on the popular forty kilometer Spearhead ski traverse, uniting the Spearhead and Fitzsimmons ranges behind Whistler and Blackcomb.

“We are extremely thrilled to finally get the green light on this project,” said Spearhead Huts Committee chair Jayson Faulkner. “This moment has been several decades in the making, and to have our permit application approved means now there’s nothing in our way from seeing this vision come to life.”

In December 2014, the Spearhead Huts Committee (SHC) submitted their application to BC Parks for the Park Use Permit. The application included the SHC’s management plan, a description of the project, a risk management plan, and several assessments, including avalanche, geotechnical, and environmental. Negotiations between BC Parks and SHC commenced in April, 2015 with the first proposal by SHC in August of 2010.

The proposal was supported by an overwhelming majority of the public, Lil’wat First Nations, the Resort Municipality of Whistler and BC Parks.

The SHC can now begin building their hut system, with the first hut expected to be the Russet hut will replace the aging Himmelsbach Hut, a popular winter and summer destination for skiers and hikers. With stunning alpine meadows in the summer and breathtaking views in the winter, coupled with its proximity to Whistler, the location is a logical choice for the first hut.

Estimated opening date for the hut at Russet Lake is winter 2018. The subsequent huts at Mt. Pattison and Mt. Macbeth will be built following completion of the Russet hut, when funds, timing and resources allow.

The SHC has been vigorously raising funds and seeking skilled volunteers and with the approval comes the work of raising the approximately $3.5 Million to complete the entire system. There will be numerous events and initiatives in the coming months as the SHC and its supporters begin the next stage of this project. Donations can be made thru the website and by contacting the Andre Charland (Chair of the Fundraising Committee) to get involved in this remarkable legacy project.


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About the Spearhead Huts Committee

The Spearhead Huts Committee is comprised of several different interest groups and clubs all sharing a common goal – to create a world-class backcountry hut system in Garibaldi Provincial Park. The shared objectives of the hut system itself are to increase the comfort and safety of backcountry travelers, minimize environmental impact on the area, leave a lasting legacy for passionate local skiers who have lost their lives in the mountains, and enable other backcountry enthusiasts to experience this outstanding region.

The Spearhead Huts Committee members and member organizations include:

Kees and Claire Memorial Hut Society

Active committee members and avid skiers Jamie Bond, Karen Newby and Tobin Seagel are all directors of the Kees and Claire Memorial Hut Society; a group of friends devoted to building a lasting memorial legacy for Cornelius ‘Kees’ Brenninkmeyer and Claire Dixon.

Brett Carlson Memorial Foundation

Whistler/Squamish based skier/photographer/bon vivant Damian Cromwell acts as representative for the Brett Carlson Memorial Foundation; a group formed in 2000 to raise funds for a memorial hut dedicated to passionate Whistler skier Brett Carlson.

Alpine Club of Canada – Whistler

Long-time Whistler skiers/guides/residents Mitch Sulkers, Jayson Faulkner (founding President of the ACCW) represent the Whistler Section of the Alpine Club of Canada. As current Chair of ACC-Whistler, Mitch Sulkers and his Section along with the Vancouver section, will be ultimately responsible for the operation and maintenance of the hut system. Jayson Faulkner is the founding Chair the Spearhead Hut Committee and serves as liason with the public and BC Parks.

Alpine Club of Canada – Vancouver

A number of important members of the ACC-Vancouver Section are contributing their valuable experience to the Spearhead Huts Committee. Past-chair Rob Brusse brings extensive vision and financial management skills, Manrico Scremin offers his business writing and project management expertise, while Liz Scremin and Colin Boyd apply their design and construction experience from the Jim Haberl Hut Project to this exciting endeavour..

British Columbia Mountaineering Club

Past President David Hughes and current President David Scanlon represent the BCMC on the Committee, and bring the BCMC’s many years of outdoor advocacy, environmental stewardship, hut development and management experience to the table.

Media Contact

Jayson Faulkner
Founding Chair – Spearhead Huts Committee

Jamie Bond
Spearhead Huts Committee


Andre Charland


Visit Us at Banff Film Fest – Whistler – Feb 12-13

Our friends at Escape Route Whistler have invited us to display the Spearhead Huts Project information booth at this weekend’s Banff Film Festival event at MY Millennium Place Whistler. Come say hi and learn more about the project.

Date: February 12th, 2016.  Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:00pm
Where:  Maury Young Arts Centre (Formerly Millennium Place)
Click here for Film Line-up

Date: February 13th, 2016.  Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:00pm
Where:  Maury Young Arts Centre (Formerly Millennium Place)
Click here for Film Line-up


Come See Us At VIMFF in Vancouver

VIMFF 2016 is coming up February 12-20 at Centennial Theatre, Rio Theatre, The Cinematheque, and Inlet Theatre.

Come say hi to the folks at the Spearhead Huts Project booth on 2 nights, Feb 18 (ski) and 20 (finale).

Visit for event details.

Request for Qualifications for a Fundraising Professional

Our Need

The Spearhead Huts Committee seeks an expert to provide strategic guidance and the professional services necessary to generate the funds to build 3 backcountry huts. 

The Fundraising Professional (FP) we need will have experience and strengths in the following areas:

  • Highly engaging and personable spokesperson presence suitable for 1:1 funding appeals
  • Development and implementation of strategies for large multi-year fundraising campaigns, including plans to attract support across a spectrum of funding methods and sources.
  • Preparation of fundraising proposals for foundations and corporate support and follow-up reports as required by individual funders.
  • Development and organised implementation of media strategies (local and national) and marketing campaigns which involve individuals of high net worth, corporations and outreach to other related communities.
  • Drafting of supporting materials such as presentation folders for very small group meetings with potential donors, slide decks, press releases, editorials, and online content.
  • Stellar track record of working in a close, collaborative team setting, providing initiative(s) and momentum with an open, commincative style.
  • Design and coordination of events and announcements, arranging interviews and meetings
  • Familiarity with local government operations and the way in which wilderness initiatives must interact with media.
  • Some personal experience with/in the wilderness and backcountry domain and/or the culture of the outdoor industry.
  • Experience working with outdoor clubs, non profits, wilderness foundations, environmental groups or similar.
  • Ability to plan ahead of time and to parse work load to leverage our volunteers’ skills and time, staying calm and focussed during our events.

The successful candidate will be comfortable working in and with a team which will depend heavily on his or her leadership, initiatives and experience. Our team will include members and volunteers with experience with social media, fundraising, event planning / management and previous successful Alpine Club of Canada hut funding campaigns.

Please contact:
Andre Charland, 778 999 9287 or

DOWNLOAD PDF – SHC Fundraising RFQ >>


Thanks To BDTV and Escape Route

Thanks to everyone who helped organize or participate in the BDTV event that The Escape Route in Whistler hosted as a fundraiser for the Spearhead Huts Project. The event was held successfully on December 7th, 2015. It was a great evening and education and entertainment, and Escape Route helped us raise $1750 towards the Spearhead Huts Project.

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A view from at or around the proposed hut site at Russet Lake.

November 2015 Project Status

  • Park Use Permit is Near – We are excited to be in the very final stages of developing and signing the Parks Use Permit with BC Parks and the Alpine Club of Canada, which is a critical milestone before proceeding further with this project.
  • Design Update – Schematic design for the first hut (Russet Lake location) is in progress by our architects Don Stuart and Chad Manley.
  • Site Visits – Late this summer, architects and committee members visited the Russet Lake area to review specific siting options for the hut, study approaches, views, sun angles, access to water, etc. In October, two representatives from the Lil’wat Nation completed an archaeological assessment of the hut site near Russet Lake. Also in October a qualified septic installer reviewed the terrain at the Russet hut site, looking at soil conditions and potential field locations for the hut’s wastewater system.
  • Research – Being done on the water system, foundation systems, material choices, and more. Lots to explore.
  • Volunteers needed – The project is really ramping up now that the Parks Use Permit is near and there is some substantial fundraising efforts still ahead. Please contact us to get involved with the project.