Camp Highlights

  • An ACC and Canadian tradition since 1906
  • Purpose built basecamp and basecamp support services
  • Fly in and out of the camp by helicopter 
  • Sumptuous meals prepared by on-site chefs

Dates & price

  • July 6 - Aug 22, 2019
  • Dates of individual weeks

    • July 6 - 13 (Week 1)
    • July 13 - 20 (Week 2)
    • July 20 - 27 (Week 3)
    • July 27 - Aug 3 (Week 4)
    • Aug 3 - 10 (Week 5)
    • Aug 10 - 17 (Week 6)
    • Aug 17 - 22 (Artists Week)
    • $1,995 + Tax / Person

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

Be at the Forefront of Canadian Mountain Exploration

The ACC’s annual General Mountaineering Camp (GMC) has been a Canadian mountaineering legacy for over 100 years. Set in a different, remote, and little-explored range of the western ranges each summer, the camp gives everyday folk an introduction to modern-day mountain exploration.

Whether you're looking to challenge yourself on remote alpine summits, enjoy the comfort of base camp, savour chef-prepared food, socialize with a group of like-minded individuals or simply take in the spectacular mountain vistas, the GMC offers it all. The camp typically sells out, so register early to avoid disappointment!

For 2019, we are excited to announce the GMC will be visiting the unique and beautiful alpine wilderness of the Westfall region in the Selkirk Mountains. 

You can expect seldom-visited glaciers and summits, spectacular views, and a chance to experience a true wilderness area - but as always with the trademark GMC food, comfort, organization, and staff that the camp is known for. Join us for our 112th annual camp!

Camp Objectives

Basecamp will be located at 1873m below the glacier on a flat moraine feature. As always, this will be helicopter-accessed. The adjacent peaks provide a variety of challenges for mountaineers just starting out as well as for seasoned veterans. The area also provides a perfect setting for our ice, snow and rock schools, an excellent option for those looking to develop their mountaineering abilities and become more autonomous in the alpine environment.

Trips from our basecamp will vary, depending on participants’ level of experience, fitness, and goals. The main climbing objectives will be Wrong Peak (50°53'35.10"N, 117°22'3.92"W, elevation 2802m), Big Green Peak (50°53'51.92"N, 117°22'26.32"W, elevation 2850m), and Ferrite Peak (50°53'56.10"N, 117°16'38.75"W, elevation 2911m). Nautilus Mountain and Scylla Mountain may also be possible longer days from camp. Because of the exploratory nature of the camp, various nearby high points, ridges, and alpine features will also be visited over the course of the summer.
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • Day 1: Meet early in the morning at 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.
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  • 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, 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 groups’ 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: Buffet set out to make lunches for the next day

  • Day 8: After a final breakfast, photos and goodbyes, you will fly back to civilization via helicopter.
Is this Camp For Me?
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 30 participants, 4 guides and 3-5 amateur 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, Accommodation and Guiding

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!

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 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 2018, we added an additional apprentice alpine guide to each week of the GMC. Along with full guides and ACC amateur leaders, this means that participants can expect to be on a rope a ratio of 3:1 or 4:1 guests to rope leaders. This ensures participants can travel at a pace which is right for them and have the chance to ask questions.

Our full guiding roster for the camp will be listed here.

  • 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.
  • There were several class 3 + 4 climbs close to the camp and excellent starters for my daughter.
  • It was a perfect week!
  • I’m addicted to GMC!
- Past GMC Participants-

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More Information

  Email
   403 678 3200 ext. 213
 

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Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

  • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
 
Cancellation Policy
We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

Travel Insurance


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • Return helicopter flights to the remote basecamp location
  • 7 days low-ratio ACMG-certified guiding and instruction throughout the camp
  • Full basecamp services including: tent accommodation, communal tents, outhouses, warm showers, garbage removal etc.
  • Meals prepared by a dedicated team of cooks (from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8)
  • All group gear

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation between the meeting area in Golden and the staging area (a shuttle bus is available for an additional fee)
  • Personal gear (see the gear list)

TBC

We are currently still confirming which guide(s) will be leading this Adventure. Please refer back to this page at a later date. Once the guide(s) are confirmed we will upload their bio(s) here. 

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