55+ Hiking and Mountaineering – Fryatt Valley Edition

Dates & Price

  • Adventure Dates: August 19 - 25, 2017
  • Adventure Rates: $1,995 + tax
  • Information Package: Download Info Pack

55+ Fryatt Camp is Full

Our 55+ Fryatt Camp is now full. Fill out the registration form to get on the wait list!

earl-grey1Fryatt Valley – one of the true gems of the Rockies!

This backcountry adventure camp is aimed at young-at-heart hikers and mountaineers who are looking for moderate mountaineering routes and/or daily hiking options. With two full mountain guides and an experienced camp manager, this year’s camp will be able to cater to those who are looking for daily mountaineering as well as to those who want to explore this stunning area.

This year’s camp will take you to the beautiful and little-visited Fryatt Valley area of Jasper National Park. The Fryatt Hut offers a suberb base for exploration with excellent alpine climbing and hiking in the area. Staying up at 6500ft elevation will allow for a quicker and less demanding approach time to travel up the surrounding peaks and ridges.

Push yourself to new heights


Photo by Peter Amann

The Fryatt Hut will be accessed by rafting across the Athabasca River (cutting off 7km of hiking) followed by a 13km hike up Fryatt Creek to the hut atop the headwall. You will be surrounded by the peaks of Mts Fryatt, Olympus, Belanger, Lapansee and Brussels.

Whether you are here to push yourself on new peaks, get on some more challenging climbing terrain or want to explore a new area with beautiful vistas, this camp is for you. Weeks objectives could include heading up Three Blind Mice, Earl Grey Peak, Mt Parnassus S. Max out your time in the mountains with like-minded people, bonding through outdoor activity.

If you are over 55 and seeking company and challenges with others in this age range, this camp is for you!

Top slider pictures from Rick McKelvey and David Ford

Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1 (evening) – 5 pm Meet for dinner at the HI Athabasca Falls Wilderness Hostel. Dinner and accommodation are included in the camp
  • Day 2 – Raft bus departs from the hostel in the morning. We’ll raft across the river and spend the day hiking up to Fryatt Hut.
  • Day 3 – 6 – Hike and climb throughout the Fryatt Valley area
  • Day 7 – Hike our way back down to the Athabasca River to the waiting rafts to float us back across the river.

Gear, Food, Lodging


  • Guiding throughout the camp
  • Accommodation at the HI Athabasca hostel and Fryatt Hut
  • All meals beginning with dinner on Day 1, through to lunch on Day 7
  • All group gear

Participants must provide:

  • Transportation to/from HI Athabasca Wilderness Hostel (participants are encouraged to carpool)
  • Accommodation on Day 7
  • Personal gear (see equipment list in Info Pack)

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Level of Difficulty

For those who would like to mountaineer: This camp is designed for people with some alpine climbing experience and basic rope-handling skills. You must have a good level of fitness, and be able to carry up to a 9 – 11kg (20 – 25lb) day pack for several hours. You must also be able to carry a heavier 35 – 40lb overnight pack into and out of the hut.

For those who would prefer to hike: You must have a good level of fitness and be able to carry up to a 9 – 11kg (20 – 25lb) day pack for several hours. You must also be able to carry a heavier 35 – 40lb overnight pack into and out of the hut.

From past Camp participants

“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.”

– Past 55+ Camp participantgroup1

“great guides, really great guides.”

– Past 55+ Camp Participant

“All the peaks were fun!”

– Past 55+ Camp Participant

“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.”

– Past 55+ Camp Participant

“The guide knew the hikes, was well organized and a great communicator and was always concerned about our safety and enjoyment.”

– Past 55+ Camp Participant

55+ Climbing and Trekking - Rogers Pass Edition 2017 Staff

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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.

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    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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    Rick McKelvey

    Rick has been hiking, skiing, snow shoeing and climbing for most of his adult life, in the Rockies, in the Vancouver area, and now in the Okanagan. He has attended many Alpine Club of Canada trips, including the first ever 55+ trip, and he worked for a number of years as a Camp Coordinator at the GMC. Rick is a retired wildlife biologist and claims still to know the names of many plants and birds to be seen in the Rockies. He hikes regularly in the Penticton area, and has become very proficient with the use of GPS equipment to ensure his colleagues know where they are at all times!