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.

BDTV Event Nov 7 2015 – Upcoming Fundraiser in Whistler

Black Diamond Equipment and the Escape Route are hosting the BD TV Film Tour in Whistler this November 7th. This is a fundraising event to support the Spearhead Huts Project. Join us for beer, food, raffle and the premier of three short films with a feature slideshow presentations.

Black Diamond will be showcasing new Fall 2015 products including the new line of skis, Jetforce and Pieps Avalanche backpacks, clothing and more.

The Escape Route will be selling Black Diamond mugs and raffle tickets drawing for $3500 worth of Black Diamond product.

Proceeds going to The Spearhead Huts Project

When: Saturday, November 7th, 2015 at 7pm – 10pm
Where: Millennium Place in Whistler BC
Cost: By Donation

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Trent Messenhiemer – Utah Avalanche Center
A presentation about the past, present and future of backcountry skiing in North America. Has the freedom of the hills has become anarchy in the backcountry?

Mitchell Sulkers – Local ski guide and avalanche educator
Presentation on local avalanche terrain.


2015 Planker Wanker Ball A Huge Success

We are excited to report that the Planker Wanker Ball was a huge success this spring. Crowds of people gather at Vail to honour Kees Brenninkmeyer, celebrate the wild and inspiring mountain man that he was, and support the Spearhead Huts Project with donations.

This year’s event raised over $4000 for the project in Kees’ name.

Thanks so much to everyone who organizes and participates in this amazing event.


Multiplicity Show / Fundraiser Hits Whistler April 12, 2015

MULTIPLICITY — A Gathering of Mountain Minds

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

mul•ti•plic•i•ty noun \ˌməl-təˈpli-sə-tē\
1a : the quality or state of being multiple or various.

Like a TEDTalk on adrenalin, MULTIPLICITY is packed with adventurous visual storytelling from eight 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 huge entertainment and inspirational value. 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.”

Hosted by Mountain Life editor Feet Banks, MULTIPLICITY is a must-see celebration of true-mountain and adventure culture. Presenters use a mix of photography slideshows, video and intriguing anecdotes to bring the audience into their world.

THE 2015 line-up will feature world-class visual storytelling from:


More details to come on the individual presentations, as well as the announcement of this year’s headliner…STAY TUNED!

See the WSSF Event Website for more up to date information, or to BUY TICKETS.


Design Team Selected for Spearhead Huts Project

We’ve begun the schematic design for the Russet Lake Hut, and we’re thrilled to announce our experts to help in the process.

Don Stuart and Chad Manley will be the primary architects. Robert Malczyk of Equilibrium Consulting will be the structural engineer, Leslie Peer of Reid Jones Christoffersen will be the building envelope engineer, and Paul Schlotfeldt of Golder Associates will be doing the geotechnical design. With so many experts on our side, we’re confident the huts will be nothing less than world class.


Watch for the Spearhead Huts at VIMFF 2015

The 18th annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival runs February 13 to 21, 2015. The event features 22 different events at 3 different venues, with Canadian and international films and guest speakers on climbing, backcountry skiing, trail running, mountain biking, kayaking, and more.

Ticket prices vary… $19 or $15.

See for full event details.

Members of the Spearhead Huts Committee will be on hand to staff our display in the lobby and answer your questions. We look forward to seeing you there!