Hallam Glacier GMC 2018 - Presented by Mountain Hardwear

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

Be at the Forefront of Canadian Mountain Exploration this Summer on Hallam Glacier  

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!

GMC Basecamp

GMC Basecamp


2018 GMC Location is Confirmed!

This year we are excited to announce the GMC will be visiting the unique and beautiful alpine wilderness around Hallam Peak in the Northern Monashees. This is the first visit to the area for the GMC and the camp is one of the most remote destinations in recent years; a 3.5 hour drive and helicopter journey north of Revelstoke, BC, which will be our meeting location.

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!

GMC Week 5 by Zac Robinson

Basecamp and Adjacent Mountaineering Objectives

Basecamp will be located at 1700m below the Hallam Glacier. 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.

The site was fully recce'd in the fall by our dedicated GMC team and will serve as a base for climbing in three major areas. Local objectives include: Hallam Peak, Deception Peak, Foster Peak and Mount Milton as well as several as-yet unnamed objectives. See the pictures from our reccy trips in the gallery below!

GMC Albert Icefield GMC 2017



Who Can Attend?

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.

Want More Information?

For further details on this year's GMC, please review the Camp Info Pack and other materials available to download from this page which include maps and guidebook descriptions. You can also speak to Sarah, our Adventures Coordinator, by email or at 403 678 3200 ext. 109

For more detail on the overall format of the camp, see our GMC Overview page. For more details on the rich history of the GMC visit our GMC History page.

Details

  • July 7 - 14, 2018 (Week #1)
  • July 14 - 21, 2018 (Week #2)
  • July 21 - 28, 2018 (Week #3)
  • July 28 - August 4, 2018 (Week #4)
  • August 4 - 11, 2018 (Week #5)
  • August 11 - 18, 2018 (Week #6)
  • $1,995 + Tax / Person
Register Now Info Pack

Gear, Food & Lodging

INCLUDED
  • Helicopter flights to and from the remote base camp staging area
  • Guiding and instruction by ACMG-certified guides throughout the camp (typically 4:1 guiding ratios)
  • Full basecamp services including: tent accommodation, communal facilities, 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 Revelstoke and the staging area (a shuttle bus is available for an additional fee)
  • Personal gear (see the gear list)

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

Hallam Glacier Gallery


The first of these photographs of the remote and little-explored Hallam Glacier, location of the 2018 GMC, were taken by our reccy team. Some are now starting to trickle from folks coming back from weeks 1 and 2 of the camp!

Hallam Glacier GMC 2018 Guiding roster

Week 1 Guides


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.


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. 

 

BRETT LAWRENCE

Brett has been guiding in the mountains within Canada and Switzerland since 2001. His passion for the mountains began at the age of 14, when his dad introduced him to rock climbing. Along the cliffs of the Gatineau Park, just outside of Ottawa, Ontario, Brett quickly became addicted to the sport. He soon realized that if he wanted to pursue the adventures of climbing, he had to move to a place that was immersed in the mountains. Five years later at the age of 19, he moved to Canmore, Alberta to advance his life in the mountains. 

In 2001, Brett started taking courses and exams through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and in the spring of 2006 finished his last exam, making him fully certified through the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA). Brett now lives in Revelstoke with his very supportive family, who allow him to continue his dreams.

Week 2 Guides


Brett Lawrence

Brett has been guiding in the mountains within Canada and Switzerland since 2001. His passion for the mountains began at the age of 14, when his dad introduced him to rock climbing. Along the cliffs of the Gatineau Park, just outside of Ottawa, Ontario, Brett quickly became addicted to the sport. He soon realized that if he wanted to pursue the adventures of climbing, he had to move to a place that was immersed in the mountains. Five years later at the age of 19, he moved to Canmore, Alberta to advance his life in the mountains.

In 2001, Brett started taking courses and exams through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and in the spring of 2006 finished his last exam, making him fully certified through the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA). Brett now lives in Revelstoke with his very supportive family, who allow him to continue his dreams.


Kirsten Knechtel

Kirsten was raised in Banff, AB where her passion for the mountains and mountain adventure began. Kirsten’s family were outdoor enthusiasts and by the age of 6 she began ski racing, age 10 ski touring, and by age 14 she had climbed many classic alpine routes in the Canadian Rockies. Her career as a guide was a natural step. By age 25 she was a fully certified mountain guide.

Kirsten has a variety of guiding experience behind her. She has worked as a manager of a catskiing operation and guided many heliskiing, catskiing and private ski touring trips. In the summer she has worked with the British military training, run her own private guiding business and spent well over 10 years working at the Alpine Club’s General Mountaineering Camp, Marmot Women’s camps and other ACC programs.

“I really enjoy sharing my love of these wild mountain places and through teamwork and adventure giving people an amazing and unforgettable trip.”


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.

Week 3 Guides


Fred Amyot

Frederick Amyot is an ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide. Fred guides year-round in many different countries: France, Iceland, USA, and in Canada (from the West coast to the East); heli-skiing and ski touring in the winter and alpine climbing, hiking and rock climbing in the summer. Fred is part of the team coordinating the Mountaineering courses in the Adventure Studies Department at TRU and developing the mountains courses in the Adventure Certificate at Keilir University in Iceland.

Fred is an alumni student from the ADVG program and completed the Bachelor Degree in Tourism Management.


Helen Sovdat

Helen is a certified IFMGA guide (International Federation of Mountain Guides Association) and is currently based in the Canadian Rockies. She is one of nine internationally certified woman guides in Canada.

An ACC member for 35 years, she has been involved with a variety of outdoor programs ranging from skiing to climbing and leadership training. Helen leads international expeditions all over the world and has visited the Andes, Nepal and Mongolia with her groups. She looks forward to sharing adventures around the globe with ACC members.

Darren Vonk

Growing up in Edmonton AB never felt right! Moving to the Rocky Mountains of Alberta was the right choice. I am currently working towards my IFMGA Mountain guide certification and am an active member of the ACMG as an assistant rock guide.

Week 4 Guides


Mathieu Valade

Mat Valade has been working on the GMC camps since 2009. “I really enjoy the remote locations of the GMC camps and the chance to explore new areas”. Certified as an IFMGA/ACMG mountain guide I enjoy all aspects of mountain guiding but what I cherish the most is taking people to places they never thought possible. See you in the mountains! 

Derek Glowacki

Darek lives in Revelstoke. He is a certified ACMG - IFMGA Mountain Guide. He instructs and guides mountain adventures year-round and holds a special place in his heart for the beauty and solitude that can be found in the Selkirk Mountains.

Tom Wolfe

Originally from Ontario, Tom found his way to the Canadian Rockies in the late 80s and has been climbing and skiing hard there ever since. His passion for the mountains also lured him into the guiding profession and he passed his last exam in 2010 to become a fully certified Mountain Guide (ACMG / IFMGA). Tom, however, is more resourceful than that: He works part of his time as a computer consultant and network administrator, which only remotely has anything to do with his academic training as a school teacher. Tom speaks also German and lives with his wife and two children in Canmore AB.

Week 5 Guides


Jim Gudjonson

Jim has been guiding for the ACC Mountain Adventures program for more than 20 years, including being a regular at the General Mountaineering Camp and global adventures to Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and Chile. Jim is known among participants for maxing out the potential of a destination and delivering life-­‐changing experiences to all who dare to follow. Shunning status quo, he seeks out the path less followed.
In addition to the global and Canadian trips guided for the ACC, he has also helped people fulfill their mountaineering dreams in various European destinations, Japan, Iceland, and Greenland. In the inaugural year of the ACC’s Guides’ Recognition Award, Jim was recognized by the ACC for his ongoing guiding contribution to ACC Mountain Adventures.

Helen leads international expeditions all over the world and has visited the Andes, Nepal and Mongolia with her groups. She looks forward to sharing adventures around the globe with ACC members.


Andrew Rennie

Andrew is an ACMG Alpine Guide from North Vancouver, BC. He began climbing in Squamish in the late 90's and was inspired by guides to take his passion for climbing higher, into the mountains. One of his greatest joys is facilitating similar experiences to other people, directing their lives towards the mountains and giving back to the sport that has given him so much.

Week 6 Guides


Helen Sovdat

Helen is a certified IFMGA guide (International Federation of Mountain Guides Association) and is currently based in the Canadian Rockies. She is one of nine internationally certified woman guides in Canada. An ACC member for 35 years, she has been involved with a variety of outdoor programs ranging from skiing to climbing and leadership training.

Helen leads international expeditions all over the world and has visited the Andes, Nepal and Mongolia with her groups. She looks forward to sharing adventures around the globe with ACC members.

Matt Mueller

Matt has spent the last 15 years calling the mountains of western Canada home. He’s been lucky enough to call guiding his profession for the majority of those years. In more recent times, he has shifted his career path to include mountain rescue and avalanche forecasting. Matt currently works year round for the Alberta Parks team as well as taking time off to guide and instruct for the Alpine Club of Canada.