First Summits 2017

Dates & Price

  • Adventure Dates: #1 June 28 - July 2, 2017 - FULL #2 July 1 - 5 - FULL
  • Adventure Rates: $1,220 + GST
  • Information Package: Download Info Pack
Arc'teryx has been involved in our First Summits program for many years, providing funding to make mountaineering skills accessible to as many people as possible. We thank them for their assistance.


Take yourself to new heights

After a successful bid on Mt. Olive - Peter Amann

After a successful climb of Mt. Olive – Peter Amann

In spring it’s common to crave standing up on high elevations. Let us help you do that and come join us for our first summits summer mountaineering camp on the Wapta Icefields.

This hut-based camp will cater to our members with minimal summer mountaineering experience and offer those looking for a refresher a chance to get back to the basics. The First Summits Camp has a flexible and varied schedule allowing participants to work on skills close to the hut and to climb many different peaks. Based out of the Bow Hut, our days will be planned to allow maximum learning and exploration.

Learn skills and then put them right to work

The size and scope is truly breath-taking. Could this be you? - Peter Amann

The size and scope is truly breath-taking. Peter Amann

The Wapta Icefields is made up of 10 different glaciers and we will have the opportunity to explore a few, as they start right outside the front door of the hut. With peaks such as St. Nicholas, Olive, Gordon, Rhondda, Thompson, Portal and The Onion, this camp could easily have you coming back for years to get them all done. We’re going to navigate our way over crevasses and onto ice slopes and mix in some low-technical scrambling on our way to the summits. This is where the skills you will learn will be put into action.

The First Summits camp is another annual favourite with our members and fills up early each year. Sign up now to avoid missing out!

Camp Itinerary

First Summits Overview and Peaks - Click to Enlarge

First Summits Overview with Peaks – Click to Enlarge

  • Day 1 – meet at 7:00pm at HI Lake Louise or HI Mosquito Creek Hostel
  • Day 2 – drive to the trailhead at Bow Lake. Hike to Bow Hut
  • Days 2-4 – explore the Peaks in the area with overnights at Bow Hut
  • Day 5 – Maybe sneak in a peak and hike back to trailhead at Bow Lake, return to Lake Louise

Gear, Food, Lodging


  • Guiding throughout the camp
  • Accommodation at HI Lake Louise / HI Mosquito Creek Hostel on Day 1
  • Accommodation at ACC’s Bow Hut for the remainder of the camp
  • All meals starting with breakfast on Day 2 and ending with lunch on Day 5
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Pass
  • All group gear

Participants must provide:

  • Transportation to/from Bow Lake parking lot (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles to carpool)
  • National Parks vehicle pass (provided FREE for 2017 at any Park Gate or Park Info Centre)
  • Dinner on Day 1 and Day 5
  • Accommodation on Day 5
  • Personal Gear (see equipment list in Info Pack)

Level of Difficulty

This camp is designed for those with little or no previous climbing or mountaineering experience and will help you get started and build your confidence. However, you must have a good level of fitness and be able to carry up to a 16 – 18kg (35 – 40lb) pack for several hours.

From past Camp participants

Coming down from St. Nicholas - Peter Amann

Coming down from St. Nicholas – Peter Amann

“ I give it a 4 out of 4 for overall camp experience”

– Past First Summits Camp Participant

“This was my first experience in the Rocky Mountains and the camp was a blast! by far my best Canada Day.”

– Past First Summits Camp Participant

“I enjoyed the great views, good laughs and new friends.”

– Past First Summits Camp Participant

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    Peter Amann

    Peter has worked as a Mountain Guide in many ranges throughout western Canada. He works in many of the camps for the Alpine Club of Canada, including 25 years in the General Mountaineering Camp. He also works with training the Canadian Military’s Search and Rescue Technicians, worked as the Avalanche Forecaster at Marmot Basin for 18 years, and Lead Guide for Robson Helimagic for 6 seasons.
    Peter works as an instructor and examiner on the Hiking Guide programs for Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.
    Peter has taught both Rock and Mountaineering courses for 35+ years and has guided many private ski touring and climbing parties. He presently spends the winter months as Avalanche Technician/Forecaster for Northwest Avalanche Solutions Ltd.