Camp Highlights

  • The same great GMC experience for Artists
  • Gain artistic guidance from our artist-in-residence
  • Guides who are also artists and photographers
  • Smaller, more intimate group than regular GMCs

Dates & price

  •  Aug 17 - 22, 2019
    • $1,450 + Tax / Person

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

The Same Incredible GMC Experience for Artists and Photographers

Each year, the final week of the ACC’s General Mountaineering Camp is focussed on those seeking to push their creative, rather than mountaineering, boundaries. This camp is for the artist at heart! You can expect all the good things about a regular GMC week (helicopter access, fantastic food, ACMG guides, basecamp comfort etc.) but with a few slight differences designed to tailor our camp to the artist's tastes:

  • Slightly shorter format of six rather than eight days is reflected in the lower cost of the camp
  • An artist-in-residence will be on hand to guide and advise you with your artwork
  • Our Artists Week guides are also artists and photographers themselves
  • Climbing objectives are generally more modest and days are generally shorter than during the regular GMC allowing artists more time to practice their craft
  • You will be experiencing this wilderness area with a smaller and more intimate group as the GMC begins to pack up and wind down; this more peaceful environment makes the week perfect for capturing the natural beauty of the mountains
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. However, typically on Artists Week the atmosphere is more relaxed with participants targeting moderate mountaineering objectives or hikes and focussing on their creative works.

Trips from our basecamp will vary, depending on participants’ level of experience, fitness, and goals. The main climbing objectives on the camp are 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). 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 
    • 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.
    • Day 2 - 5 (a typical day)
    • 6am: General Wake-up Call

      6.30am: General Breakfast is served

      7am: Rope teams leave camp for adventuring

      Through the day: There is greater flexibility than during the regular camp schedule than during the regular GMC weeks: attend a workshop with the artist-in-residence, target a mountaineering objective, go on a short hike and work on your most recent creation 

      6pm: Supper is served and the choice of objectives for the next day is posted

      7.30pm: Buffet set out to make lunches for the next day

    • Day 6: 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. You could be an experienced artist looking for new inspiration or just starting out with a new hobby. 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


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!


During the course of the camp you'll be assigned a Mountain Hardwear Trango tent. On Artists Week all participants have the luxury of a single, private tent (free of charge).

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!)


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. Artist week guides are specially selected to also have artistic, photographic skills and interest.

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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  • Return helicopter flights to the remote basecamp location
  • 5 days low-ratio ACMG-certified guiding and instruction throughout the camp
  • Artistic guidance from our very own artist in residence
  • 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 6)
  • 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)

Patti Dyment

Living, hiking and painting in the Canadian Rockies for over three decades has given Patti a profound connection to, and appreciation of, the mountian landscape. She paints en plein air as much as possible. “When I look back at my plein air paintings, I am immediately returned to the experience of painting in that location; the wind, the temperature, the elation of grand splendor. My goal is to communicate all those sensations in all my landscapes, to connect with the viewer through a shared experience of natural beauty," she says. "I paint relentlessly, I teach painting, I study painting, I think about and dream about painting. It’s a wonderful fascination."

Born and raised in Alberta, she has lived in Canmore since 1985. She has taught several courses on painting and drawing, and she enjoys instructing/mentoring. In 2011, Patti was awarded signature status with the Federation of Canadian Artists.

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.


Ian Welsted

Ian is best known in climbing circles as one of only two Canadians to be awarded the Piolets D'or, for his first ascent of K6 West (7000m) in Pakistan. Born and raised in Brandon Manitoba Ian moved to Chamonix France at the age of 17. From this year in the mountains he returned to Canada to attend Ottawa University and McGill University where he studied economics and philosophy.

In his youth Ian ski raced, but was exposed to the full gamut of mountain pursuits in Chamonix. From skiing and snowboarding the backcountry powder of Nelson and Rogers Pass he moved to Canmore in 2005. Quickly integrating into the climbing community, he pursued waterfall ice climbing with 100 day winters before turning his attention to alpine first ascents. With this experience he began casting further afield and undertook expeditions to the Coast Range, Patagonia, Denali, to the Khumbu area of Nepal, and 3 trips to the Pakistani Karakoram. In 2016 Ian began the process of gaining ACMG certification so that he can share his experience gained over 25 years, and his love of the mountains.

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