Artists Week

Artists Week Introduction

The Annual Artists Camp is run in conjunction with the ACC’s General Mountaineering Camp. The GMC is a helicopter-accessed remote basecamp for hiking and climbing, set in the Hallam Glacier area of the Northern Monashee mountains of British Columbia. The Artists Camp gives access to the same terrain as the GMC, and is fully guided, but with generally more modest climbing objectives. Participants can choose their daily outings – from climbing peaks to short hikes to waterfalls and meadows – and focus on capturing the natural beauty of the mountains in their art. You can find out more about this year’s General Mountaineering Camp at Hallam Glacier GMC .

Phee Hudson artwork

Artists Week at Hallam Glacier

This backcountry mountaineering camp is designed for the artist at heart. Specifically held for artists to practice their craft, days are generally shorter than normal GMC days, but can vary in length and ability depending on the group’s motivation. During the wrap-up and take down of the GMC, you will experience the wilderness area like no other; combining a smaller group with a well-oiled camp makes it the perfect time for artists.

This year’s camp will take you to the beautiful Hallam Glacier area, north-west of Revelstoke, B.C. This is a rarely visited area, adding to the splendor of having it to yourself and a small group. Base camping in the area will allow you to work at your leisure, while having a full kitchen and cook at your disposal.

Phee Hudson artwork

Flexible Objectives

There area a number of objectives in the area. The main peaks in the area are Hallam Peak, Deception Peak, Foster Peak and numerous other unnamed summits. Aside from these peaks, there are plenty of opportunities for glacier walks and easier mountaineering objectives. The hiking opportunities in the area are spectacular, with views of high peaks in all directions and alpine waterfalls and meadows accessible via short hikes from camp.

Whatever Your Art

Be it photography, writing, music, poetry, paint or any other medium, you will have time to be inspired by the majestic scenery of a rarely visited area. With a smaller group, time is on your side to spend as you see fit. Each day will provide you with an opportunity to get out and explore the surrounding area as well as time to commit to your personal creative objectives.

2018 - Resident Artist

Phillipa (Phee) Hudson will attend Artists’ Week of the GMC 2018 to encourage and mentor graphic artists and painters over the period. Much of Phee’s art is inspired by mountains, and many of her best known commissions have featured iconic peaks in the Canadian Rockies. Although known initially as a watercolourist, in the past decade her bold acrylics, full of clean colour and light, have evolved into a distinct style that has been in demand by both corporate and private collectors in North America and beyond. She is an Associate of the Canadian Federation of Artists. She joined the ACC in 1978 when she first moved to Calgary. Within the Club she has served in many capacities, most recently as Treasurer of the Vancouver Island section. Phee has attended many GMCs in the past and looks forward to sharing time with you in the Hallam Glacier region of BC’s Monashees, making daily excursions onto the surrounding mountains to paint en plein air or discuss potential paintings and composition by capturing scenes on your camera to use as material later in the studio.


  •  August 18th - August 23rd

  • $1,450 + Tax / Person
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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
  • 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)

Artist's Week Staff

Roger Laurilla

Raised in Roger’s Pass and Revelstoke B.C., Roger was exposed to the mountains at early age. During his secondary education interests in mountaineering and photography grew simultaneously. As he began to explore the mountains he saw a lot of areas and natural wonders that he wanted to capture on film. Climbing and skiing became the means to see the mountains and photograph whatever he saw. Roger joined the Alpine Club of Canada in 1976, started guiding on national camps in 1989 and served as VP of Mountain Activities for six years ending 2011. Currently Roger is one of the senior guides for the ACC’s General Mountaineering Camp. In 1979 Roger started working for Canadian Mountain Holidays, this opened his eyes to what guiding is all about and Roger became a fully certified Mountain Guide 1989. From his early years in the ski shop, he has guided and managed CMH Monashees Heli-Skiing operation for Canadian Mountain Holidays. Presently, with co-owner Robson Gmoser, they operate Battle Abbey a commercial backcountry ski hut in the southern Selkirk Mountains. Photography has long been a strong creative source for Roger; his images have been published in many magazines including Canadian Geographic, Beautiful BC, Ski Canada, Powder Magazine, Climbing, Rock And Ice, Couloir and Back Country. Some of the many books that his images have appeared in are: The Selkirks, The Bugaboos, Place Names in the Canadian Alps, Summits and Secrets, and Canadian Summits. Most of Roger’s photography is documenting outdoor sports and mountain related subjects in Canada and the US. His photography and guiding have taken him to South America, Africa, New Zealand, Iceland, Europe, Asia and Antarctica.