Our 55+ mountaineering camps are for young-at-heart mountaineers and hikers who want to connect with other adventurers and explore moderate mountaineering and hiking routes from the comfort of one of our backcountry huts.
Riding the success of our 55+ Program trips to the Little Yoho Valley and to the Campbell Icefield we are excited to change up the venue and visit classic climbs on features that dominate the Rockies.
The Elizabeth Parker Hut is named after one of the founders of The Alpine Club of Canada. The club has been proud to maintain a hut at Lake O’Hara since 1912 with the construction of the Wiwaxy Cabin. Providing a perfect base camp for your ambitions, relax in a pristine alpine meadow after a day of climbing.
Past participants of this camp disagree about whether the highlight of the camp was the experienced and friendly guiding staff, the spectacular hikes and summits, or the friendly, supportive atmosphere. If you’ve taken the camp before, we’d love to see you back to explore a new destination with us! If it’s your first time, come try it out. If you are over 55 and seeking company and challenges with others in this age range, this camp is for you!
JULY 21ST – 25TH, 2023
Price: $2550 + TAX
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
This camp is for those with previous mountaineering experience who want to attempt larger objectives in a group of their peers.
Possible objectives include:
Meet at trail head and travel to the hut, possibly a short objective depending on time or review of skills for the following days
Using the hut as a basecamp explore the mountaineering the area has to offer.
Attempt some final climbs conditions permitting before heading back to your cars with some amazing memories.
This program is for those with previous mountaineering experience requiring strong fitness
Evenings will be spent enjoying great food, socializing in cozy hut surroundings and resetting for the next day’s adventure. Food supplies will be carried in by porter to reduce pack weights. There will be a mix of lightweight but nutritious backpacking meals and snacks to keep you properly fueled and hydrated for your adventure. All of our food is provided by specialized backcountry caterers based out of the Bow Valley.
The Elizabeth Parker hut rests in a scenic alpine meadow and provides excellent access to a variety of hiking and climbing objective. One of the most popular huts the ACC maintains and for good reason. The Wiwaxy Cabin (smaller of the 2 buildings) was constructed in 1912 and the larger Hut was laid down in 1919. The historic log buildings are named in honor of Elizabeth Parker a founding member of the ACC.
You will also be visiting the Peyto Hut, a popular destination on the Wapta providing access to a range of classic Rockies mountaineering objectives. Providing a view you may not have seen before the chance to see Peyto Lake with a birds eye view.
Our guiding ratio will be a maximum of 2:1 to allow for more technical objectives. This camp is guided by ACMG-certified alpine guides. The ACC hires guides certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Visit the ACMG website to learn more about what they do!
The ACC hires guides certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Visit the ACMG website to learn more about what they do!
If you don’t have everything on the gear list and aren’t ready to invest in your own, there are many awesome local businesses that rent out all of the equipment you will need. Be sure to reserve your rentals ahead of time to make sure everything you need is available for you when you need it.
“It was day one. No wait, it was day two. No, that’s not correct, it was day three. Or maybe day five. Day six? Do you see where I am going with this? Highlight every day.”
“Great guides, really great guides.”
“Spending five days hiking with such a friendly, supportive group of new friends, in an area that I have never hiked before. An adventure I’ll never forget.”
“The guide knew the hikes, was well organized and a great communicator and was always concerned about our safety and enjoyment.”
“All the peaks were fun!”
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