Albert Icefield GMC 2017 – presented by Mountain Hardwear

Dates & Price

  • Adventure Dates: July 8 - August 12, 2017 (5 week-long camps)
  • Adventure Rates: $1,895 + applicable tax
  • Information Package: Download Info Pack

Mountain Hardwear sponsors the General Mountaineering Camp and we thank them for their assistance

Thank you for attending the 2017 GMC! Registration for the 2018 GMC is now open…click here! All weeks have space available: take your pick before they sell out!

Come explore with us…


The General Mountaineering Camp, 2017

Put yourself at the forefront of exploration of a unique and beautiful alpine wilderness – this is the 2017 Albert Icefield General Mountaineering Camp.

The ACC’s annual General Mountaineering Camp is set in a different remote location of western Canada’s mountains each summer. The camp operates on a seven day, Saturday to Saturday basis for five weeks in July and August. Fees include tent accommodation, mountain guiding and instruction, sumptuous meals and all group climbing equipment.

The GMC typically has a waiting list so register early to avoid disappointment! See our GMC Overview Page for more information on our camp – a proud ACC tradition since 1906.

The Albert Icefield GMCroy-millar-2

Located in the Southern Selkirks, the Albert Icefields is a spectacular and seldom visited area that offers some of the least known climbing south of Rogers Pass. Situated between Glacier and Mt. Revelstoke National parks, the peaks here offer climbing on snow, ice and rock.

Going back to our first camp in 1906, the ACC’s GMC is steeped in history and the tradition of exploration. Join us for our 110th annual camp as we return to the remote ranges and continue to explore the summits, glaciers and hidden areas of Canada’s great mountains.

The 2017 GMC basecamp will be helicopter-accessed and will serve as our base for climbing in three major areas. The area is remote, the views are stunning and the peaks provide a variety of challenges for mountaineers just starting as well as for seasoned veterans.

Our Basecamp


Photo by Thierry Levenq

Basecamp will sit high at approximately 2000m on a rocky promontory between two glaciers. This comfortable basecamp location will allow convenient access to the striking Mt. Virtue (9925 ft). The unique setting of the camp will also allow for climbing trips on Mt.Justice (9446 ft) , Campion Pk (8501 ft), Primrose Pk (8698 ft) and Cassiope Pk (8510 ft). The presence of the impressive icefields and striking peaks will be felt daily at camp. It will be a spectacular camp on the edge of big alpine in all directions and allow for adventure in all directions.

Mountaineering Objectives

This comfortable basecamp location will allow convenient access to the highest peak in the area, the striking Mt. Virtue  (9925 ft).  This peak will be the biggest challenge in the area. The unique setting of the camp will also allow for climbing trips to Mt.Justice (9446 ft) , Campion Pk (8501 ft), Primrose Pk (8698 ft) and Cassiope Pk (8510 ft). These are some of the peaks closest to our camp both in distance and elevation. Most peaks will involve glacier travel on the nearby Albert and Primrose Icefields.

Join us for a week of climbing, glacier travel, spectacular scenery and good times in the  Southern Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia!

Banner pictures are of previous GMC’s and provided by Nancy Hansen, Zac Robinson, Doug Hogg, Ron Shute, Thierry Levenq, Jeff Bullock and Rob Brown

Gear, Food, Lodging


  • To and from helicopter flight to base camp from staging area
  • Guiding and instruction by ACMG-certified guides throughout the camp
  • Tent accommodation
  • All meals, beginning with lunch on Day 1 and ending with lunch on Day 7
  • All group gear

Participants must provide:

  • Transportation to and from the helicopter staging area (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool)
  • Personal gear (equipment list in infopack)

Past GMCs Gallery

These photos are from past GMC’s to give you an idea of what goes on when out with the GMC. You are guaranteed beautiful sights, exhilarating mountains, fantastic friends and a time to truly never forget. Where will you be?

Gallery photos courtesy of Alison Dakin, Bruce Gelb, Roger Laurilla, Jen Olson, Kinga Gortel, Monte Johnston, Rob Braun, Roy Millar, Thierry Levenq and Zac Robinson.

Level of Difficulty

The GMC welcomes all Alpine Club of Canada members, 16 years of age or older, novice to expert and is designed for all our members in terms of difficulty. Wide ranges of objectives are available, depending on participants’ ability, fitness and length of day desired. The various peaks and approaches may include everything from glacier, ice, snow scrambling and technical climbing. Introductory and intermediate skill reviews are offered on snow, rock and ice (depending on available terrain)

From past GMC participants

Photo by Mary Ann Rombach

Photo by Mary Ann Rombach

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

– Past GMC Participant

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

– Past GMC Participant

“There were several class 3 + 4 climbs close to the camp and excellent starters for my daughter.”

– Past GMC Participant

Photo by Laura Rapp

Photo by Laura Rapp

“It was a perfect week!”

– Past GMC Participant

“I’m addicted to GMC!”

– Past GMC Participant