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Mountain Adventures


Summer Mountaineering Adventures
Backcountry Skiing and Ice Climbing
General Mountaineering Camp
Leadership Training Opportunities
Global Adventures
Technical Training Opportunities

General Information
Adventure Application Form
Registration, Payment & Cancellation Policies
Members' Testimonials
UIAA Environment
Travel Insurance
Westworld Magazine article Sky Campers
Volunteers Behind the Scenes    

Important Documents:
Waivers webpage
Registration Contract
Waiver of Liability - single person

What do we have to offer ?

2004 GMC – Icefall Brook. The mountain in the background is Mt. Forbes
© Kirsten Knechtel

The Alpine Club of Canada’s (ACC) Mountain Adventures program offers something for everyone — whether you are an aspiring mountaineer or have years of experience.
The General Mountaineering Camps have been held annually in spectacular locations since 1906. The mountaineers who are lucky enough to participate in the varied challenges of these camps earn themselves memories of a lifetime.

Our other summer adventures offer opportunities to accomplish significant climbing goals, often on ‘classic’ peaks in western Canada. Winter brings the chance to get your thrills by skiing long backcountry powder runs or ice climbing world-class frozen waterfalls. Evenings are centered around hearty meals and reliving the day’s mountaineering adventures with your new friends. Winter or summer, you can join an enthusiastic group of mountain adventurers heading off to experience the hard work and rewards of a major glaciated traverse. We offer opportunities to enter remote backcountry regions and climb peaks that are rarely climbed or skied.

Months of careful planning on our part ensure that everything is in place for you to realize your lifelong dream of adventuring in a select international location such as South America, Europe or Canada’s great north.

The Alpine Club of Canada has been organizing Mountain Adventures since its inception in 1906 — nobody knows better how to pull together the key ingredients that create a great wilderness experience.

Our 2005 schedule promises something for everyone. If you are not already an ACC member, you will need to sign up in order to participate in a Mountain Adventure. Join us this year and experience all that the ACC has to offer!

Andrew Findlay, a GMC amateur leader and professional writer, wrote an excellent article about the GMC for Westworld magazine in the summer of 2004. Westworld and Andrew have generously allowed us to display this article on our website for your enjoyment.

Sky Campers

Why are ACC activities special?

As you browse through this year’s schedule, we are sure that you will find the variety of opportunities to be exceptional. The exciting range of destinations provided by the ACC for its members is unique in Canada — maybe in the world. The ACC is very fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers and highly professional mountain guides working hard to create these memorable adventures.

Unless otherwise noted in the detailed information packages, ACC prices include everything that you need to make your holiday complete, such as porter assistance, meals, accommodation and backcountry passes. We also provide advice on the right trip, coordinate carpooling and offer other ‘member-oriented’ services.

What do our members think of ACC Mountain Adventures?

See our Members' Testimonials page:   Members' Testimonials

Volunteers Behind the Scenes

Dr. Zac Robinson is the Vice President, Activities. Zac is a mountaineering historian who currently teaches in the Faculty of Physical Education and recreation at the University of Alberta. On all of the summer and winter camps that Zac has camp managed for the ACC in the past 8 years, participants have benefited immeasurably from his experience, love of the mountains, and winning attitude.

General Mountaineering Camp Committee

The GMC Committee is made up of a group of long time, dedicated volunteers, led by Chairman Dave Dornian.The enormous success of every GMC is owed to these ACC members and to all of the volunteers and professional staff who work at the camps.

The ACC is proud to have earned the right to display the UIAA Environment Label. The UIAA is the world’s recognized international mountaineering and climbing federation, with over 2.5 million members in 68 countries. The ACC’s Mountain Adventures are conducted with great consideration for the environment, and we are thrilled to be recognized for the care we take.


Mountaineering, climbing and backcountry skiing can be dangerous. The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) cannot absolutely guarantee the safety of participants on any camp, as there are too many variables that cannot be controlled. Some of these variables are outlined in our Waiver of Liability, which each participant must sign before attending any camp.
The ACC reserves the right to alter the details, logistics or other aspects of all ACC camps for any reason, including (but not restricted to): guides and/or other camp staff availability; weather conditions; participants’ abilities; and safety concerns.

    VISION: Preserving, practicing and promoting Canadian mountain culture and self-propelled alpine pursuits.
Préserver, pratiquer et promouvoir la culture alpine canadienne et les activités non motorisées en montagne.