quote:Originally posted by CHWKHIKER
Has anyone done the Wapta Traverse unguided? Is route finding an issue?
Is this trip possible during the Christmas Holidays or is it best left to spring?
I'm really interested in doing this trip, I just don't want to spend two grand on a guided trip...thoughts...opinions...?
Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, can't blame you for not wanting to lay out two grand.
Maybe get some experience first, join the ACC or similar club, they often run a Wapta traverse as a club trip. If you aren't that experienced spring would be better - longer days, more stable snow pack, crevasses better bridged, better weather.
It's easy to do day trips up the Wapta and that will give you at least a feel for the terrain. Ski in via Bow, Peyto or up from Sherbrook Lake, climb a few peaks, get some miles under your belt.