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The Alpine Club of Canada

2024 Remillard General Mountaineering Camp

Explore the Remillard Group with us!

Join a Tradition of Mountain Exploration

The ACC’s annual General Mountaineering Camp (GMC) has been a Canadian mountaineering staple since 1906. Each summer, we venture into remote mountain wilderness to offer exceptional modern-day mountain exploration.

Our purpose-built base camp allows you to focus on learning skills, making friends, and climbing peaks. We provide a tailored experience to each participant’s skills and objectives. Let our guides and talented volunteer leaders help you explore the mountains at your pace.

Welcome to Remillard!

Building on the success of the 2023 Chess Group GMC, we are excited to continue the GMC tradition with the 2024 camp in the Remillard Range, last visited by the GMC in 2001. Due to the remoteness, this group of peaks was one of the last in the Selkirks to be explored. The majority of the first ascent activity took place in the 1970s.

This area of the Selkirks includes many different flavours of rock, from solid limestone to marble to beautiful alpine granite. There are long ridges with expansive views in all directions. A nice part of the camp objectives will be long, scenic loops from camp involving fun ridge climbing, glacier travel and stream crossings.

Whether you seek remote alpine summits, gourmet chef-prepared meals at 1,800 metres, or the camaraderie of like-minded individuals, the GMC offers it all. We are expecting high demand for the Remillard camp this year.

If you’re an artist, check out our dedicated week designed just for you.

If you’d like to use our basecamp to explore the area without guides, check out our Independent Camp.

New for 2024

For the Remillard GMC, we’re offering a couple of weeks of slightly different durations and costs. Two of our weeks (Week 1 and Week 5) are 6-days duration, while the remainder (Weeks 2, 3 and 4) will be the same as previous years: 8 days duration.

Note: all of our weeks involve two travel days where our guests flying in overlap with our guests flying out.

Also new for 2024, we’re welcoming to our basecamp independent climbers (those who don’t wish to be guided) for a week prior to the GMC beginning. Participants get the full use of our camp – including tents and food and cooks and flights in and out – for a reduced price. This is perfect for climbers wanting to explore this remote area, but who don’t want to be in a guided party. Check out our Independent Week.

 

Mountain Hardwear sponsors the General Mountaineering Camp and we thank them for their assistance.
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CAMP HIGHLIGHTS
  • A mountaineering experience tailored for you
  • Connection to the ACC community and unforgettable memories
  • Remote mountain basecamp accessed by helicopter
  • Purpose-built basecamp including support services
  • Sumptuous meals prepared by on-site chefs

BOOKING INFORMATION

Dates: 

Week 1; July 8-13 2024

Week 2; July 13-20 2024

Week 3; July 20-27 2024

Week 4; July 27- August 3  2024

Week 5; August 3-8 2024

Artists Week; August 8- 13 2024

Price: 

8 day camp (Week 2,3,4) $3295

6 day camp (Week 1,5,Artists) $2595

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 take reasonable steps to safeguard or protect you from or warn you of risk, dangers, hazards, while participating in ACC activities
Hazard Mitigation
  • Your guide is trained in both backcountry first-aid and rescue techniques
  • Satellite communication tools

We appreciate that the lands known today as Canada are home to the enduring presence of all First Nations and Métis people, and the Inuit and we acknowledge the past, present, and future generations of these Nations who continue to lead us in stewarding this land, as well as honour their knowledge and cultural ties to this place.

The Remillard Group is located on the Traditional Lands of the Sinixt, Syilx, Secwepemc, Stoney, Ktunaxa, and Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

The GMC is a series of week-long camps, staffed with guides and cooks, with daily guided outings tailored to your ability and interests, all set in a unique and unforgettable location.

Each year we set up our basecamp in a new location – or in the case of Remillard, one we’ve been to a couple decades before – and have the privilege of exploring an area that would take days of heavy hiking to access. Sites are chosen for their access to snow, rock, and mountain objectives, along with their beauty, remoteness, and historical significance.

Each evening at camp, a wide range of objectives are offered for the following day, ranging from casual hikes, to rock and ice skills sessions, to longer mountaineering days on glaciers, ridges and peaks. You are in control of the length and difficulty of every day of your GMC and if you need some help deciding what to do, our amazing staff are there for you.

GMC is about camping and climbing, but it’s also about photography, art, star-gazing, swimming in frigid alpine lakes, eating great food, and sharing the mountains with old and new friends.

Whether you’re looking to summit your first mountain, or bag all the peaks, GMC is your summer camp in the mountains.

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.  

Day 1:
Meet early in the morning at the tentative location of the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club and then convoy 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 – 7 (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, hiking, 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 group’s 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 8:
After a final breakfast, photos and goodbyes, you will fly back to the staging area via helicopter.

This sample itinerary is for the 8 day version of the camp, for Week 1 and Week 5 it will be similar but 2 days shorter

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 2,000 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. If you prefer your own personal tent, this is also an option although we do charge an extra fee of $200 for this as tents are limited.

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 amateur 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.

Climbing routes on Remillard and the surrounding peaks are described in Selkirks North by David P. Jones. The volume has been out of print for several years. We’ll provide route descriptions and information from the guidebook as we can.


The area is covered in decent resolution on Google Earth; search: Remillard Peak, Columbia-Shuswap, BC, Canada. Use Google Earth and the images in the Camp Objectives section to see some of the possible routes we’ll be looking at during the camp.

Topographical maps covering the Remillard area include Goldstream River 82 M/9 and Argonaut Mountain 82 M/16.

Stay tuned to the GMC Outpost newsletter through this winter as we announce the opening of registration as well as all of the details of GMC as we get closer to camp. 

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″

HAMISH SANDERSON

Hamish is an ACMG ski guide based just outside of Golden, BC. As well as putting together our Intro to Ski Mountaineering program, Hamishalso wears many hats at our General Mountaineering Camp including camp manager, apprentice guide, and set-up crew member.

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.

DYLAN CUNNINGHAM

Dylan is currently living in Golden, BC with his girlfriend Michelle. For the past few years he has spent the majority of his winters showing guests the goods at CMH Bobbie Burns Heliskiing. The rest of the time he has done a variety of guiding, everything from instructional programs with youth groups to challenging mixed and ice climbing. Having attained his Mountain Guide certification in 2023 he is excited for the opportunity to begin guiding abroad, starting with a trip to France this summer. Altogether, Dylan feels tremendously fortunate for the mountains and people he shares them with. He looks forward to sharing boundless energy and an adventurous spirit with you.

DARREN FARLEY

Darren Farley is a Ski Guide and Apprentice Alpine Guide based out of Canmore. Darren spends his winters heli-skiing in the Cariboo mountains and splits his time in the summer between Alpine guiding and working at an addictions recovery program.

TERESA YAU

Teresa Yau is an Apprentice Ski and Apprentice Rock Guide and is currently pursuing the ACMG Mountain Guide certification. In the winter months, Teresa spends most of her time heli skiing and ski tour guiding and also instructs avalanche courses. During the summer, Teresa enjoys taking people out rock climbing and spends her time training for the Alpine certification. Teresa also has a B.Ed and B.Sc. and on the off season, she works as a secondary school teacher. Teresa lives in Canmore, Alberta, but also calls Vancouver & Squamish, B.C. her home.

Camp Manager

CHUCKY GERRARD

Participants and staff at the GMC are probably know Charles “Chucky” Gerrard as the guy who keeps the camp running, can improvise a fix for almost anything with a roll of duct tape and the parts from an old dirt bike, and makes sure that everybody gets to where they’re going. In the winter, he does double-duty as an ACMG ski guide and a Level 4 snowboard instructor with CASI (Canadian Alliance of Snowboard Instructors). In his spare time, he hand builds his own gear.

HAMISH SANDERSON

Hamish is an ACMG ski guide based just outside of Golden, BC. As well as putting together our Intro to Ski Mountaineering program, Hamishalso wears many hats at our General Mountaineering Camp including camp manager, apprentice guide, and set-up crew member.

DYLAN CUNNINGHAM

Dylan is currently living in Golden, BC with his girlfriend Michelle. For the past few years he has spent the majority of his winters showing guests the goods at CMH Bobbie Burns Heliskiing. The rest of the time he has done a variety of guiding, everything from instructional programs with youth groups to challenging mixed and ice climbing. Having attained his Mountain Guide certification in 2023 he is excited for the opportunity to begin guiding abroad, starting with a trip to France this summer. Altogether, Dylan feels tremendously fortunate for the mountains and people he shares them with. He looks forward to sharing boundless energy and an adventurous spirit with you.

TERESA YAU

Teresa Yau is an Apprentice Ski and Apprentice Rock Guide and is currently pursuing the ACMG Mountain Guide certification. In the winter months, Teresa spends most of her time heli skiing and ski tour guiding and also instructs avalanche courses. During the summer, Teresa enjoys taking people out rock climbing and spends her time training for the Alpine certification. Teresa also has a B.Ed and B.Sc. and on the off season, she works as a secondary school teacher. Teresa lives in Canmore, Alberta, but also calls Vancouver & Squamish, B.C. her home.

PENNY GODDARD

Penny is a kiwi IFMGA mountain guide based in Revelstoke. She likes exploring new places and runs adventurous trips all over the world. Her background in international and remote expeditions includes high altitude climbing, first ascents in Antarctica and Tibet, and ski descents in Antarctica. In addition to alpine and ski guiding, she delivers mountain and avalanche safety programs for industrial operations. 

DARREN FARLEY

Darren Farley is a Ski Guide and Apprentice Alpine Guide based out of Canmore. Darren spends his winters heli-skiing in the Cariboo mountains and splits his time in the summer between Alpine guiding and working at an addictions recovery program.

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.

FRED AMYOT

Frederick Amyot is an ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide. Fred guides year-round in many different countries: France, Iceland, USA, and in Canada (from the West coast to the East); heli-skiing and ski touring in the winter and alpine climbing, hiking and rock climbing in the summer. Fred is part of the team coordinating the Mountaineering courses in the Adventure Studies Department at TRU and developing the mountains courses in the Adventure Certificate at Keilir University in Iceland. Fred is an alumni student from the ADVG program and completed the Bachelor Degree in Tourism Management.

FOREST LATIMER

Forest is an ACMG Mountain Guide. In the winter he works as a heli-ski guide for CMH Heli-skiing at the Adamants lodge in the Northern Selkirks. In the summer he guides in all the main ranges of the Rockies, Purcells and Selkirks. Forest loves the variety in guiding and is also excited to instruct and help build his guest’s passion for the mountains. He lives in Golden BC with his partner Carla and son Wilder. 

TOM WOLFE

Originally from Ontario, Tom found his way to the Canadian Rockies in the late 80s and has been climbing and skiing hard there ever since. His passion for the mountains also lured him into the guiding profession and he passed his last exam in 2010 to become a fully certified Mountain Guide (ACMG / IFMGA). Tom, however, is more resourceful than that: He works part of his time as a computer consultant and network administrator, which only remotely has anything to do with his academic training as a school teacher. Tom speaks also German and lives with his wife and two children in Canmore AB.

IAN WELSTED

Ian is best known in climbing circles as one of only two Canadians to be awarded the Piolets D’or, for his first ascent of K6 West (7000m) in Pakistan. Born and raised in Brandon Manitoba Ian moved to Chamonix France at the age of 17. From this year in the mountains he returned to Canada to attend Ottawa University and McGill University where he studied economics and philosophy. In his youth Ian ski raced, but was exposed to the full gamut of mountain pursuits in Chamonix.

From skiing and snowboarding the backcountry powder of Nelson and Rogers Pass he moved to Canmore in 2005. Quickly integrating into the climbing community, he pursued waterfall ice climbing with 100 day winters before turning his attention to alpine first ascents. With this experience he began casting further afield and undertook expeditions to the Coast Range, Patagonia, Denali, to the Khumbu area of Nepal, and 3 trips to the Pakistani Karakoram. In 2016 Ian began the process of gaining ACMG certification so that he can share his experience gained over 25 years, and his love of the mountains.

FRANCISCO MEDINA-SCH.

Francisco – AKA Pancho – is originally from Santiago, Chile where he began his outdoor pursuits at an early age accomplishing numerous first ascents in the Andes. At 18, he was invited on a climbing trip to the Alps where his passion for adventures in the mountains was cemented. Pancho began his guiding career leading mountaineering trips to Aconcagua and trekking trips to Patagonia and in 2004 he received his UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide certification in France and has continued his guiding career in the Andes, Alps, Rockies and Himalayas. In 2006 he began semi-annual trips to Canada to experience all the Canadian Rockies have to offer and now reside full-time in Canmore with his wife. Pancho is excited about sharing the outdoors with his guests, whether it is mountaineering, climbing, skiing, trekking, or teaching outdoor education courses.

CHRISTIAN SCHLUMPF

Christian is an ACMG Apprentice Alpine Guide & Apprentice Ski Guide and lives in Golden, BC. In a former life he worked as an engineer doing research on solar panels, but decided to change course and work towards becoming a mountain guide. He brings a calm, analytical approach to mountain craft and loves teaching and sharing with those around him. One of his favourite mountain activities is adventure rock climbing off the beaten path. He hopes to one day visit all of the remote rock climbing venues that BC has to offer.

Camp Manager

CHRIS GIRARD

Chris Girard is an ACMG Ski Guide based out of Cochrane, Alberta and takes great pleasure is sharing his passion for the mountains. His guiding aspirations began through volunteering and leading trips through various ACC sections. In addition to being an ACMG Ski Guide, Chris is also a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, and an AST Provider with Avalanche Canada. Now a Father of two, Chris is well practiced in staying calm and keeping his sense of humour in times of chaos. During his off season, Chris works as a guide on the Athabasca Glacier.

MATT REYNOLDS

Matt Reynolds is an internationally recognized mountain guide, certified by the ACMG. He began climbing as a teenager in 1988 and started work professionally as a climbing guide in 1997. He currently works in the mechanized guiding industry in the winter as the guiding manager for Cariboo Snowcat Skiing. In the summer Matt works with the Adventure Studies Program at Thompson Rivers University. He operates his own guiding business, and has been working for the Alpine Club of Canada’s General Mountaineering Camp for the past 5 seasons. Matt has a passion for bringing mountains, adventure and people together.

MATHIEU VALADE

Mat Valade has been working on the GMC camps since 2009. “I really enjoy the remote locations of the GMC camps and the chance to explore new areas”. Certified as an IFMGA/ACMG mountain guide I enjoy all aspects of mountain guiding but what I cherish the most is taking people to places they never thought possible. See you in the mountains! 

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.

GEOFF OSLER

Geoff Osler is an ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide who has called Banff home for nearly 15 years. Having grown up in Calgary, Geoff was exposed to the mountains from a young age and has not looked back since. Geoff has always enjoyed variety and as a result his work as a guide has taken him to many different places including 15 years working as a heli/catskiing guide in Bristish Columbia; ski touring trips to many of British Columbia’s backcountry lodges; remote basecamp ski touring; several trips, both climbing and skiing, to the European Alps; ski touring in Japan, Greenland and the Yukon; ice, rock and alpine climbing in the Canadian Rockies; mountain safety work for a remote gold mine in Kyrgyzstan and several jobs working with ski and snowboard film companies.

ALISON ANDREWS

Alison became a fully certified international Mountain Guide in 1995. She spent the ensuing years engaging in a wide variety of work; thirty years of heli-skiing, international guiding at altitude, instructing and examining on ACMG Rock courses, women’s courses, local work in the Rocky Mountains, teaching courses in the Adventure Guide Program at Thompson Rivers University and, recently, supporting the Girls on Ice program. Exploring new mountain spaces and get to know other mountain enthusiasts, keeps Alison motivated to share her knowledge of the alpine environment.

VINCENT LAUZON

Vince started his journey in the world of climbing as a teenager
dreaming of adventures. His dedication to the mountains, honing
his skills across diverse terrains and experiences, is incredibly
inspiring. From sailing to scuba diving to Himalayan climbing.
From developing climbing routes in Mediterranean valleys to
embracing the extremes of India’s slums and luxurious Greek
villas, Vince has absorbed a wealth of experiences that enrich his
guiding abilities.
Settling in Canmore seems like a natural progression for him—a
base camp in the heart of the mountains he loves. His
commitment to guiding and teaching reflects a deep passion not
just for adventure but for sharing that passion with others, helping
them conquer fears, learn new skills, and savour the thrill of
reaching summits or mastering thrilling descents.
The diversity of his experiences, from technical climbing to
backcountry skiing and trail running, showcases a well-rounded
adventurer with a thirst for exploration that seems unquenchable.
His desire to guide across all continents reflects a global
perspective and an insatiable curiosity for varied landscapes and
cultures.

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.

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.

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.

Camp Manager

CHUCKY GERRARD

Participants and staff at the GMC are probably know Charles “Chucky” Gerrard as the guy who keeps the camp running, can improvise a fix for almost anything with a roll of duct tape and the parts from an old dirt bike, and makes sure that everybody gets to where they’re going. In the winter, he does double-duty as an ACMG ski guide and a Level 4 snowboard instructor with CASI (Canadian Alliance of Snowboard Instructors). In his spare time, he hand builds his own gear.

We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips:

INCLUDED WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • Return helicopter flights
  • 6 OR 8 days guiding and instruction by ACMG-certified guides supported by ACC volunteer leaders
  • Full basecamp setup including: tent accommodation, kitchen, communal tents, outhouses, warm showers, garbage removal etc.
  • Meals prepared by a dedicated team of camp cooks (from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6 OR 8)
  • All group gear inc. ropes, group first aid kit, emergency communication devices etc.

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 (gear list to come)