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The Alpine Club of Canada

2024 Remillard GMC Artists Week

The Same Incredible GMC Experience for Artists and Photographers

Each year, the final week of the ACC’s General Mountaineering Camp is focussed on those seeking to push their creative, rather than mountaineering, boundaries. This camp is for the artist at heart! You can expect all the good things about a regular GMC week (helicopter access, fantastic food, ACMG guides, basecamp comfort etc.) but with a few slight differences designed to tailor our camp to the artist’s tastes:

  • Slightly shorter format of six rather than eight days is reflected in the lower cost of the camp
  • An artist-in-residence will be on hand to guide and advise you with your artwork
  • Our Artists Week guides are also artists and photographers themselves
  • Climbing objectives are generally more modest and days are generally shorter than during the regular GMC allowing artists more time to practice their craft
  • You will be experiencing this wilderness area with a smaller and more intimate group as the GMC begins to pack up and wind down; this more peaceful environment makes the week perfect for capturing the natural beauty of the mountains
  • This is also a great family friendly week!
Mountain Hardwear sponsors the General Mountaineering Camp and we thank them for their assistance.
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BOOKING INFORMATION

Date:
AUGUST 8TH -13TH (ARTISTS WEEK)

Price: $2,595 + TAX

Before registering, please review our Waivers and Liability page.

MORE INFORMATION

Please try to register online before calling. If you are having issues please try to have your emergency contact information and course questionnaire filled out before calling.

OR Call: (403)-678-3200 ext 213

Rockfall and icefall
  • Rockfall and icefall can be caused by natural forces, or by people travelling through the terrain (Climbing/Scrambling/Hiking)
    What are the risks
  • Impact from a falling rock or ice can result in injury or death and can also damage equipment such as ropes.
Hazard Mitigation
  • Our ACMG certified guides have experience and training to manage this risk
  • Your guide will ask you to put on a helmet when in the mountains
Avalanche
  • Avalanches can occur in the terrain you will be entering. Caused by natural forces, or by people travelling through the terrain
    What are the risks
  • Anyone caught in a avalanche is at risk of personal injury, death, and or property damage or loss
Hazard Mitigation
  • Our ACMG certified guides have experience and training to manage this risk
  • Daily risk assessment processes
  • Guest training if avalanches are a risk on your trip
Terrain
  • Cornices
  • Crevasses
  • Trees, tree wells, and tree stumps
  • Creeks
  • Rocks and Boulders
  • Variable and difficult walking terrain
  • Impact or collision with other persons or objects
  • Encounters with domestic or wild animals
  • Contact with poisonous flora or fauna
  • Loss of balance or control
  • Slips, trips, and falls
Hazard Mitigation
  • Our ACMG certified guides have experience and training to manage this risk
  • Radios and/or other communication devices
Falls and belaying
  • Mountaineering and ice climbing present the risk of falling from the wall causing the climber to collide with the wall or ground
  • There is also the risk of a belay failure, which can contribute to a ground fall
Hazard Mitigation
  • Your guide will review best belay practices with you or will control the belay
Communication, rescue, and medical treatment
  • Communication can be difficult and in the event of an accident rescue and treatment may not be available
  • Adverse weather may also delay the arrival of treatment or transportation out of the field,
  • Alpine weather conditions can be extreme and change rapidly without warning making travel by helicopter, snowmobile, snowcat, dangerous
  • If an injury occurs in challenging terrain movement to an evacuation point may be slow
Hazard Mitigation
  • Your guide is trained in both backcountry first-aid and rescue techniques
  • Emergency response plans
  • Satellite communication tools
Other
  • Slips trips and falls indoor or outdoor
  • Infectious disease contracted via direct or indirect contact, including but not limited to influenza or Covid-19
  • Equipment failure
  • Negligence of other persons, including other guests
  • Negligence of the guide Including failure to to take reasonable steps to safeguard or protect you from or warn you of risk, dangers, hazards, oh participating in ACC activities
Hazard Mitigation
  • Your guide is trained in both backcountry first-aid and rescue techniques
  • Satellite communication tools

Our heli-accessed basecamp will be located at 1,900 metres in the Remillard range, located at the bottom of the north face of Half Dome. This central location provides access to a large variety of peaks and challenges for mountaineers just starting out as well as for seasoned veterans. Depending on participants’ level of experience, fitness, and goals, potential objectives might include:

  • Remillard Peak (2,881m). The most prominent peak in the camp area has excellent hornblende granodiorite rock (think granite). It has a number of great lines including the Southeast Ridge which is compared to the Pigeon Spire in the Bugaboos. 
  • Yardarm ridge (2,638m). A long, scenic, mostly 3rd class ridge on great rock with outstanding views. 
  • Courthouse Peak (2,595m). The closest peak to basecamp and free from snow early in the season due to south-facing exposure. The West Ridge (5.4) and the South Ridge are excellent outings. 
  • Half Dome (2,433m). The ridges of Half Dome make for great climbing in both directions – either from the Remillard Glacier or from Nadir Notch – and the peak can be part of a long loop around the skyline above camp.
  • Serendipity Spire (2,857m). Classic glacier ascent. 
  • Craw Peak (2,637m). A prominent granite peak with a high quality 5.3 North Ridge route. 

Keep in mind that once in camp, your GMC experience will be tailored specifically to you. Each day, you decide which hike or climb or learning session you’d love to take part in. The area provides a perfect setting for our ice, snow and rock schools giving you lots of options to develop the skills you want to work on. 

Beyond the climbing, the Remillard area offers extensive waterfalls, meadows, forests, boulder fields and alpine lakes to explore.  

  • King Peak
  • Queen Peak
  • Bishop Peak
  • Knight Peak
  • and more

Because of the exploratory nature of the camp, various nearby high points, ridges, and alpine features will also be visited over the course of the summer. The area also provides a perfect setting for our ice, snow and rock schools, an excellent option for those looking to develop their mountaineering abilities and become more autonomous in the alpine environment.

Day 1:
Meet early in the morning at the tentative location of the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club and then convey to the helicopter staging area from where you and your gear will be flown into the remote basecamp. Upon arrival, you’ll be introduced and orientated to the camp by our Camp Manager for the week and assigned a tent. You’ll also have the chance to meet some of the week’s guides and go on a short hike to explore the immediate area.

Day 2 – 5 (a typical day)

4.30am: Early breakfast is served

5am: Rope teams leave camp for longer days/bigger objectives

6am: General Wake-up Call

6.30am: General Breakfast is served

7am: More rope teams leave camp for shorter days, cragging etc.

Through the day: In the field you will likely spend the day in a group with a Guide and/or amateur leaders. Ratios will vary depending to your chosen objective. Objectives may include prominent peaks in the area, nearby peaks and ridges, or curriculum fine-tune your knowledge and skills. Approaches to climbs may be lengthy with significant elevation gain, and will likely involve roped glacier travel. Many factors (including weather) will determine your groups’ success in reaching any summits. All-in-all the focus of the day is to have fun!

2-4pm: Rope teams arrive back at camp

2-6pm: Free time (showers, tea time, etc.), and the choice of objectives for the next day is posted

6pm: Supper is served

7.30pm: Grab your lunch and make any final preparations for the next day

Day 6:
After a final breakfast, photos and goodbyes, you will fly back to civilization via helicopter.

All Abilities!

The GMC is open to all! 16 years of age or older, novice to expert, intrepid or laid back. The large camp size (typically 31 participants, 5 guides and 4 volunteer leaders each week) allows for different groups to target a wide ranges of objectives. Each day you get to decide which group you’d like to join depending on your ability, fitness and desired length of day.

Food

Evenings will be spent enjoying great food, socializing in the dining or tea tents and resetting for the next day’s climbing. All our food is prepared by a dedicated team of chefs in a dedicated cooking tent. And all ingredients are flown in fresh each week meaning you’ll be treated to meat, fruit and vegetables (not to mention some killer desserts) through the week, no dehydrated stuff here! Have you even had a turkey dinner above 2000 meters?

Accommodation

During the course of the camp you’ll be assigned a Mountain Hardwear Trango tent with a companion of your choice or a fellow guest. The tents are large (3 or 4 person) so there is plenty of space for both of you and your gear. As there are less people during Artists Week anyone who wants a private tent can have one at no cost.

As well as your sleeping tent, there is a communal dining tent, drying tent and tea tent to hang out with your fellow participants. The camp also has two specially prepared outhouses for guests as well as two private showers (now with hot water!)

Guiding

Our ACMG certified alpine or full mountain guides will help to orientate you at the camp. Each day they will also be leading different groups to different alpine objectives. Our guides will be welcome to answering questions about the region as well as everything from crampon technique to gear recommendations.

As of 2022, we added an additional alpine guide to each week of the GMC. Along with full guides and ACC volunteer leaders, this means that participants can expect to be in small groups of 3-5 people all day which adds to the enjoyment of the experience and ensures participants can travel at a pace which is right for them and interact closely with their guides.

Our full guiding roster will be listed below as each guide is confirmed.

Beautiful location, easy access to all routes, lots of variety for trips to satisfy differing levels of motivation day-to-day.

The attitude from the guides and camp staff was infectious and they were all very inspiring.

A perfect week…I’m addicted to the GMC!

- PAST GMC PARTICIPANTS -

“TO STAND ON TOP OF A MOUNTAIN, TO LISTEN TO THE ROAR OF AN AVALANCHE, TO SEE RAVENS FLOATING IN THE AIR AND A CASCADE OF ALPINE FLOWERS WAS SORELY NEEDED. WE WERE NOT ONLY ABLE TO DREAM, BUT MAKE MEMORIES.

AS ALWAYS THE CAMP WAS LOCATED IN A SPECTACULAR LOCATION WHERE THE WORRIES OF OUR DAY, WAS FOCUSED ON OUR OBJECTIVES NOT ON THINGS BEYOND OUR CONTROL. THE CAMP RAN AS A NORMAL CAMP, IN A TIME WHEN NORMAL HAS BEEN SO ELUSIVE.

PEOPLE LAUGHED AND JOKED, TOLD STORIES, AND WORKED TOGETHER AS A TEAM TO CLIMB MOUNTAINS. THEIR EXPRESSIONS WERE NOT HIDDEN BEHIND MASKS, BUT THEIR JOY, EXCITEMENT AND OCCASIONALLY FEAR WAS CLEARLY WRITTEN ACROSS THEIR FACES.

WE LEFT CAMP WITH MEMORIES, NEW FRIENDS AND MORE THAN JUST A GLIMMER OF HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.

WITH MANY THANKS, BILL SUMMERS – GMC 2021 WEEK 2″

ROGER LAURILLA

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

In the late 70’s Roger started to work for Canadian Mountain Holidays in the Bugaboos as a construction helper. From that time his skills developed and the interests in the mountains turned in a professional direction. In 1986 he became a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and became an internationally Certified Mountain Guide. He guided and managed the CMH Monashees Heli-Skiing operation in Mica Creek B.C. for 32 years. Currently owns and operates Battle Abbey Back Country Lodge in the Selkirk Mountains of BC. In 1976 Roger joined the Alpine Club of Canada and has guided with National Camps since 1988 as well as the GMC in 1998. In off seasons has led photo/trekking and mountain trips to the Arctic, Africa, Europe, New Zealand, South America, Nepal and in Canada.

Photography has long been a strong creative source for Roger, his images have been published in many magazines such as; 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 the Artic, Antarctic, Africa, New Zealand, Europe and Asia.


PATTI DYMENT AFCA

Canmore artist Patti Dyment  was already obsessed with painting when she moved to Banff in 1985. Hiking and painting the Rockies has been an endless adventure, education and inspiration since. Patti studied painting in college, university, books, classes, workshops, and the great outdoors, eventually becoming a popular painting instructor herself. She has enjoyed several artists’ residencies, instructing plein air painting, and many excursions with painting friends from alpine huts or tents.

Patti has been exhibiting in galleries in Western Canada since 1988, and once in Japan. She was awarded Federation of Canadian Artists Signature status in 2012. Her work is represented by the Elevation Gallery in Canmore, AB and Fernie, BC.

PUBLIC ART:

Canmore Utility Box Program, 2015
Art In Nature Trail, Banff Alberta 2021



KIRSTEN KNECHTEL

Kirsten was raised in Banff, AB where her passion for the mountains and mountain adventure began. Kirsten’s family were outdoor enthusiasts and by the age of 6 she began ski racing, age 10 ski touring, and by age 14 she had climbed many classic alpine routes in the Canadian Rockies. Her career as a guide was a natural step. By age 25 she was a fully certified mountain guide. 20 plus years later, Kirsten has a huge variety of guiding experiences behind her. She has worked as a manager of a catskiing operation, guided many heliskiing, catskiing and private ski touring trips and worked as an instructor on the ACMG guides training program. In the summer she has worked with the British military training, run her own private guiding business and spent well over 10 years working at the Alpine Club’s General Mountaineering Camp, Marmot Women’s camps and other ACC programs.


SYLVIA FOREST

Sylvia (Syl) Forest is a mountain guide living near Golden, BC. Syl worked as a park warden and mountain rescue specialist in Jasper, Lake Louise and Glacier National Parks for 23 years, and managed the mountain rescue program in Glacier Park for eight years. She completed her UIAGM Mountain Guide certification in 2001. Syl left Parks in the fall of 2013 in order to spend more time guiding, and to spend more time with her family.

Syl also teaches avalanche courses regularly for the Canadian Avalanche Association, and works as a heli ski guide during the winter months.

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ORGANIZING FANTASTIC ACC ADVENTURES FOR OVER 100 YEARS

  • Local Knowledge – based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources – full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit – any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

INCLUDED WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • Return helicopter flights to the remote basecamp location
  • 6 days low-ratio ACMG-certified guiding and instruction throughout the camp
  • Artistic guidance from our very own artist in residence
  • Full basecamp services including: tent accommodation, communal tents, outhouses, warm showers, garbage removal etc.
  • Meals prepared by a dedicated team of cooks (from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6)
  • All group gear

PARTICIPANTS MUST PROVIDE

  • Transportation between the meeting area in Revelstoke and the staging area (a shuttle bus is available for an additional fee)
  • Personal gear (see gear list)