Climate change calls for an iconic mountain cabin

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from Canada Abbot Pass Hut is located on a rocky ledge along the continental divide, straddling the border between Alberta and British Columbia. In February, Parks Canada announced that the cabin will be demolished in the spring due to the erosion of the cornice on which it rests.

The cabin was built in 1922 by Swiss guides and has been a scenic destination for hikers from Calgary and beyond for generations. For decades the hut sat on a permanently frozen patch of land, but global warming means the slope now thaws in spring and summer. In 2016, a landslide on the southern slope of the ledge made the hut uninhabitable; it was permanently closed in 2018 for security reasons.

Parks Canada spent more than $600,000 installing rock anchors under the cabin in an effort to save it, but bad weather in 2019 and the pandemic stalled the project.

Rick Kubian, the local Parks Canada superintendent, said officials had to make the difficult decision to order the demolition of the cabin after years of failed salvage attempts. part of the foundation of the hut,” Kubian said. “Geotechnical assessments confirmed higher levels of slope erosion and new evidence, including cracks in the masonry, revealed that the entire hut had been affected.”

the Calgary Herald spoke to several people who have enjoyed the cabin over the years, including Annalize Klingsbeil, who stayed at the cabin in 2015 with her siblings and father.

“To put it bluntly, climate change sucks,” she said. “It’s sad that others don’t have this opportunity to visit Abbot Hut and make memories.”