The ACC’s annual General Mountaineering Camp (GMC) will be setting up in the Remillard Peak area during the summer of 2024. This rarely-visited area is home to amazing alpine rock climbing on granite, marble and limestone, and extensive glacier systems. The first five days of the camp will be available exclusively for climbers who are keen to explore and climb in the area independently.
This “camp” will enjoy all the standard facilities of the ACC’s GMC basecamp, with the exception of guiding. The infrastructure of the camp will include helicopter access, sleeping tents, dining and drying tents, outhouses and showers, along with food supplied and all meals prepared.
The Remillard area is particularly suited to this type of independent climbing due to the remoteness and difficulty of access, along with the quality and diversity of the climbing.
The guidebook to the area, Selkirks North by David P. Jones, has been out of print for several years. The ACC has acquired a small number of these guides, and a copy will be included for the first 12 participants.
Dates: July 4-8, 2024
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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
This camp is supported by the ACC’s GMC basecamp, but all climbing and outing decisions are made independently by the participants. The camp will be run by a camp manager during this time, and staffed with cooks. Participants may come and go from camp and pursue mountain objectives at their discretion.
There may be opportunities to connect with other climbers in camp, but it is strongly recommended that participants form their own climbing parties/partnerships ahead of the camp, and arrive and plan to climb in their own teams.
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 of all abilities. Some of the classics of the area are listed below.
Beyond the climbing, the Remillard area offers extensive waterfalls, meadows, forests, boulder fields and alpine lakes to explore.
Day 1 (July 4):
Meet early in the morning at the tentative location of Gothics Lodge 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 have the opportunity to begin exploring the area.
Days 2 – 4 (July 5, 6, 7)
After a final breakfast, parties will return to the staging area via helicopter.
All decisions as to climbing objectives for this camp will be made by the participants.
This camp is designed for climbing teams that do not require direction and guiding. All decisions regarding daily objectives, and all decisions made during the outings are the responsibility of the climbing teams. There will be no guides on staff at camp and no pre-set objectives.
Participants must be comfortable making all mountain decisions and be equipped with their own climbing gear. At a minimum, climbing teams must be skilled in navigation, rock and ice climbing, glacier travel and should be familiar with the unique challenges of the Canadian mountains.
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?
During the course of the camp you’ll be assigned a Mountain Hardwear Trango tent with a companion of your choice. The tents are large (3 or 4 person) so there is plenty of space for both of you and your gear.
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!)
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.
Note: The guidebook to the area, Selkirks North by David P. Jones, has been out of print for several years. The ACC has acquired a small number of these guides, and a copy will be included for the first 12 participants.
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!
“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″
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