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Steed Hut #555
Type: Building_Hut Elevation: 2086 m (6844 ft)
Location:   49.34615,-117.44768     49:20:46, -117:26:52   11U 467483 5466033
(15 km E of Castlegar). (1 km S of Siwash Mountain).
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Bonnington Range


Club maintained cabin. Sleeps 6. Stove. Frame construction. Location: (as of 2012 April) The hut is just north of the tiny tarn marked on the 1:50K map. This tarn is about 1/2 km northwest of Marble Lake. This corresponds to 49.346141,-117.44768, and an elevation of 2086m. It can be difficult to find in deep snow.

Hut Description: A very nice A frame hut with upstairs sleeping loft (sleeps 4 upstairs, 2 more downstairs), wood stove, benches and tables and an outhouse. No foam pads. There is a two burner Coleman white gas stove (bring your own white gas) and lantern, as well as dishes, cutlery, pots, etc. There is a washing up tub with some detergent and bleach. Please pack all the eating utensils back in the tub to keep the critters out. You'll need to bring in a tea towel and some mantels for the lantern (although we did leave a stock of mantels at the hut). Sleeps 6 people MAXIMUM.

Hut Fee: As of November 2007, a reservation and fee ($10 per person per night) is required for Steed cabin. Reservations can be made on-line at the KMC webpage .

Access: Access is via the Munson Road system out of Bombi Summit. Follow the main Munson Road for 24 km to a small pull-out by a tributary of Glade Creek. Bushwhack due east to reach a pass on the south ridge of Siwash Mountain. Descend in a northerly direction to reach the hut.

History: Built by the KMC in 1996 to 1997 in memory of the Steed's (father and son) killed in an avalanche in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.
Steed Hut almost buried in snow, April 2012

Trip Reports within 1 km
49 2012.04.16 Bonnington Traverse - Trip Report Robin Tivy
45 2012.04.13 Escape From the Bonnington Range Sandra McGuinness
47 2005.02.22 Bonnington Traverse - Route Description Route Sandra McGuinness
30 2005.02.22 Moonlight Over Mountains: A Ski Traverse of the Bonnington Range Sandra McGuinness
31 2002.10.07 Siwash Mountain from Rover-Snowater FSR Sandra McGuinness
40 2001.01.22 Adventures With Dave: Twin Peaks to Siwash Sandra McGuinness

Bulletins
2012.04.20 Robin Tivy - Corrected the lat-long of the hut
We had quite a search for this hut, which was almost entirely buried in snow, as I describe in my trip report. It turned out that the previous lat-long was wrong. When we finally found the hut, I corrected the location of this hut from 0464880 5460641 to 0467476 5466026 (49.346164,-117.447656). The old grid reference was too low. The true height of the hut is close to 2090m. I measured 2086m. This is what was in the database - the elevation was correct, but the coordinates were wrong. On the trip we learned the importance of a verbal description as well as coordinates. So here is a revised verbal description: the hut is just north of the tiny tarn marked on the 1:50K map. This tarn is about 1/2 km northwest of Marble Lake. Wood was in very short supply, so we only burned one log, and no fire in the morning. See Trip Report
2009.04.07 Sandra McGuinness - No wood left
Did my annual KMC Bonnington Traverse over April 3 to 6 and found essentially no wood left at Steed Cabin. There won't be any now until the summer work parties get in.
2008.07.30 Sandra McGuinness - New Coleman two burner white gas stove
The KMC recently had their annual work party to the Steed Hut and we have now supplied a two burner Coleman white gas stove (bring your own white gas), as well as dishes, cutlery, pots, etc. There is a washing up tub with some detergent and bleach. Please pack all the eating utensils back in the tub to keep the critters out. You'll need to bring in a tea towel and some mantels for the lantern (although we did leave a stock of mantels at the hut).
2008.03.18 David Campbell - Wood low
There is not much wood left at the cabin (unless some of it is buried under snow). Hut is clean and in great shape. There were snowmobiles touring around the area and at the hut. They seemed to like high-pointing around on some of the steeper slopes (regardless of the fact that the avalanche hazard was considerable). Heli-ski operations were also making use of the area for turns.
2007.03.01 Sandra McGuinness - Wood use, snowpack and could we ever use a donation
240 cm of snow at the cabin and the outhouse took a lot of digging. As usual, the ski tourers are using up a two year supply of wood in one year. If you stay at the cabin, use the wood SPARINGLY. It is only for overnight stays and what is there has to last 2 to 3 years. The KMC is desperate for donations to help with maintenance so don't be a cheap skate, send us $10/per person/per night.