GMC Artists Week – Albert Icefield

Dates & Price

  • Adventure Dates: August 12 - 17, 2017
  • Adventure Rates: $1,450 + applicable taxes
  • Information Package: Download Info Pack
Mountain Hardwear sponsors our annual General Mountaineering Camp and the GMC Artists Week. We thank them for their support.

Artists Week is Full

Our GMC Artists Week is now full. Be the first one on the wait list!

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

Frenchman's Cap GMC Artist's week 2014 rock colour

Rock solid colours. Photo by Roger Laurilla

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.

Flexible Objectives

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


Painting of Mt. Virtue at Albert Icefield by 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

Planned Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Meet in Golden, shuttle bus to Heli

    Painting 'Tonquin Fade to Blue' by Leona Amann

    Painting ‘Tonquin Fade to Blue’ by Leona Amann

    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)

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.

Artists Camp Guides

  • Roger Laurilla

    Roger Laurilla

    Raised in Roger’s Pass and Revelstoke B.C., Roger was exposed to the mountains at early age. During his secondary education interests in mountaineering and photography grew simultaneously. As he began to explore the mountains he saw a lot of areas and natural wonders that he wanted to capture on film. Climbing and skiing became the means to see the mountains and photograph whatever he saw.

    Roger joined the Alpine Club of Canada in 1976, started guiding on national camps in 1989 and served as VP of Mountain Activities for six years ending 2011. Currently Roger is one of the senior guides for the ACC’s General Mountaineering Camp.

    In 1979 Roger started working for Canadian Mountain Holidays, this opened his eyes to what guiding is all about and Roger became a fully certified Mountain Guide 1989. From his early years in the ski shop, he has guided and managed CMH Monashees Heli-Skiing operation for Canadian Mountain Holidays. Presently, with co-owner Robson Gmoser, they operate Battle Abbey a commercial backcountry ski hut in the southern Selkirk Mountains.

    Photography has long been a strong creative source for Roger; his images have been published in many magazines including Canadian Geographic, Beautiful BC, Ski Canada, Powder Magazine, Climbing, Rock And Ice, Couloir and Back Country. Some of the many books that his images have appeared in are: The Selkirks, The Bugaboos, Place Names in the Canadian Alps, Summits and Secrets, and Canadian Summits. Most of Roger’s photography is documenting outdoor sports and mountain related subjects in Canada and the US.

    His photography and guiding have taken him to South America, Africa, New Zealand, Iceland, Europe, Asia and Antarctica.

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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.