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Wendy Thompson Hut #178 (Marriott Basin Hut)
Type: Building_Hut Elevation: 1820 m (5971 ft)
Location:   50.43000,-122.47300     50:25:48, -122:28:23   10U 537431 5586575
(11 km W of Duffey Lake). (26 km NE of Pemberton). (4 km SE of Mount Marriott).
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Cayoosh Range / Cayoosh Range West


Alpine hut built by ACC sleeps 16. Reserve with ACC. Built in the summer of 2000 by the Whistler Section of the Alpine Club of Canada, with the support of the Thompson family, this alpine hut is located NW of the lake at el. 5750ft in Marriott Basin.

The hut is a gothic arch, 24 feet long, 14 feet wide and 19 feet high. Designed by Werner Himmelsbach, this hut has a similar design to several other mountain huts in the area--the Himmelsbach Hut at Russet Lake and the Wedgemount Hut at Wedgemount Lake. The hut sleeps 16 people on the floor of the upstairs loft.

The hut is named after Wendy Thompson--a paramedic and resident of Whistler--who was killed with all other occupants of an air ambulance on a mercy flight off Masset on the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1995.

The hut has been constructed for public use, and has undergone further upgrades. An upgrade of the facility now allows for a rotating barrel system for human waste; as of September 2002, these are now plastic barrels that provide for a perfect seal when flying out. Users are asked to limit their deposits to human waste, not garbage. A more efficient venting system has also been installed in the sleeping loft, which allows more air circulation and prevents dampness issues when the cabin is filled to capacity.

A fee and reservations system is in effect for the Wendy Thompson Hut for all seasons. All pertinent information has been posted on the ACC Whistler Section Webpage link Wendy Thompson Hut.

A sign outlining the policy has been placed at the trailhead for travellers who do not receive the information through other channels.

The fee and reservation system has improved backcountry travellers' experiences at the hut, which is proving very popular. To this end, two kerosene heaters, gas stoves, cooking utensils, pots and pans, and plates and dishes have been provided for the maximum 16 guests per night. (Note: the stove and heater are located in a locked cabinet. Access to the stove and heater may be obtained by making a reservation)

Thanks to our supporters further improvements are being made to the cabin, as all proceeds of the fee system go directly into the maintenance and upkeep of the cabin and its ancillery services. All labour has been voluntary, and it is possible for any Whistler Section member to earn a free annual hut upgrade by taking part in one of the organized work parties. The next work party will likely be late this September.

Please enjoy the hut and its surroundings and take a moment the consider the generosity of the Thompson Family, who have made this hut possible. We are pleased to report that most users report a very positive experience at the hut.

The Whistler Section of the ACC is committed to continuing to protect the local environment by flying human waste out periodically during the year and making other improvements. If you have suggestions for making improvements to the hut or details that should be addressed, please email accwhistler@shaw.ca.
Whistler ACC group at hut after telemarking in Marriott Basin

Trip Reports within 1 km
27 2012.05.05 The Canyon Route to Mount Rohr Klaus Haring
51 2009.08.19 2009 Wendy Thompson Hike Cliff Jennings
29 2002.03.09 Cayoosh Headwaters to Marriott Basin Circuit Mitch Sulkers
25 2002.01.19 Marriott Meadows and the Wendy Thompson Hut Mitch Sulkers
34 2001.01.27 Marriot Basin Ski Weekend Scott Nelson
24 1987.12.31 Mt Marriott Christmas Solo Robin Tivy

Bulletins
2010.05.03 Mitch Sulkers - Grizzly alert!
Weekend users of the hut noted grizzly tracks near the saltshed on the ski out from the hut this weekend. This is typical time for the big fuzzies to come out, so exercise extra caution.

Placename Photos
7 Marriott Basin, 7,300 ft. col SW of Wendy Thompson Hut Brian Wawro
6 Marriott Basin hike 73 (Sara & Zoey above cabin) Cliff Jennings
4 Wendy Thompson Hut Zoran Vasic