Artists Week at the General Mountaineering Camp
The Annual Artists Camp is run in conjunction with the ACC’s General Mountaineering Camp. The GMC is a helicopter-accessed remote basecamp for hiking and climbing, set in the Albert Icefield area of the Southern Selkirk Mountains of BC. The Artists Camp gives access to the same terrain as the GMC, and is fully guided, but with generally more modest climbing objectives. Participants can choose their daily outings – from climbing peaks to short hikes to waterfalls and meadows – and focus on capturing the natural beauty of the mountains in their art. You can find out more about this year’s General Mountaineering Camp on the Albert Icefield GMC page.
Albert Icefield Area Artists Camp
This backcountry mountaineering camp is designed for the artist at heart. Specifically held for artists to practice their craft, days are generally shorter than normal GMC days, but can vary in length and ability depending on the group’s motivation. During the wrap-up and take down of the GMC, you will experience the Albert group like no other. With a smaller group and a well-oiled camp, your time spent has been designed for the artists.
This year’s camp will take you to the beautiful Albert, just south and east of Revelstoke, B.C. The Albert rea is a rarely visited area, adding to the splendor of having it to yourself and a small group. Base camping in the area will allow you to work at your leisure, while having a full kitchen and cook at your disposal.
There area a number of objectives in the area. The main peaks in the area are Justice, Virtue, Campion, Primrose and Cassiope. Aside from these peaks, there are plenty of opportunities for glacier walks and easier mountaineering objectives. The hiking opportunities in the area are spectacular, with views of high peaks in all directions and alpine waterfalls and meadows accessible via short hikes from camp.
Whatever Your Art
Be it photography, writing, music, poetry, paint or any other medium, you will have time to be inspired by the majestic scenery of a rarely visited area. With a smaller group, time is on your side to spend as you see fit. Each day will provide you with an opportunity to get out and explore the surrounding area as well as time to commit to your personal creative objectives.
New for 2017 – Resident Artist, Leona Amann
Leona Amann will be attending the camp to inspire and guide other painters during the week. Her artwork is inspired by the Canadian Rocky Mountains and mentions “My artwork uses bold colour and pattern. It is an emphasis of place without being a exact copy of either what our eyes see or a camera sees. It is more of what the heart sees. My work strives to capture what we remember of the places we have been to or hope to visit.” Leona is also a long standing member of the Club and has been involved in a variety of ways in the past. She is excited to volunteer her time in attendance to the week and to paint the beautiful sites that will surround you in the Albert Icefield area along with you Though there is no structured instruction with the Artist time during the week, Leona will be a great resource for tips and inspiration, and specializes in drawing and color theory for art in the field.
Top slider: all images by Roger Laurilla
- Day 1 – Meet in Golden, shuttle bus to Heli
staging area, fly in, unpack, meet guides and camp manager. Discuss weeks priorities
- Day 2 through 5 – Hike, Climb, Mountaineer and work on your projects
- Day 6 – Packing bags and flying out
Gear, Food, Lodging
- Guiding throughout the camp
- Four person tent with you and one other
- All meals starting with dinner on Day 1 through to lunch on Day 6
- Spectacular scenery and quiet solitude (weather permitting)
Participants must provide:
- Transportation to/from staging area (participants are encouraged to carpool with each other)
- Breakfast on Day 1, Dinner on Day 6
- Accommodation on the day before the trip and on Day 6
- Personal Gear (see equipment list in Info Pack)
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Level of Difficulty
Mountaineering: For those who are planning on climbing, some alpine climbing experience and basic rope-handling skills are required. The mountaineering objectives will require crossing glaciers and participants must be equipped with glacier travel and climbing gear. A good level of fitness is required as well as the ability to carry up to a 9 – 11kg (20 – 25lb) day pack for several hours.
Just Art: Participants who aren’t planning on crossing glaciers or climbing peaks should be capable of carrying their own art equipment on short hikes, be familiar with camping routines and be comfortable spending a week in an alpine setting.
As this is a basecamp style of trip, participants may opt out of a day’s outings to spend the time working on their craft. The size and objectives of this trip are entirely based on the motivation of the participants.