55+ Adamants Camp

This year's 55+ camp sees you flying by helicopter to one of the gems of the ACC's backcountry huts - Fairy Meadow - right in the heart of the granite spires of the Adamant range.

Our 55+ hiking and mountaineering camps are for young-at-heart hikers and mountaineers who want to connect with other adventurers and explore moderate hiking and mountaineering routes from the comfort of one of our backcountry huts. This year the 55+ camp will be visiting the beautiful Adamant Group of the Selkirk Mountains, a mountaineering paradise of granite and glaciers.

Photo by Ross McEwan

This year’s 55+ camp will be based out of the Bill Putnam (Fairy Meadow) hut. The group will meet in Golden and carpool to the staging area. From there, you will be picked up by Alpine Helicopters and whisked to the hut: no bushwhacking on this approach!

You will spend 6 full days at the hut, which will give you a chance to explore the surrounding area. The Fairy Meadow hut offers numerous opportunities for wilderness hiking, glacier walks, scrambling, and mountaineering. The granite faces of the Adamants are famous for their difficult climbing and excellent rock, but there are also numerous moderate alpine ridge climbs on offer.

This camp is geared towards snow & ice mountaineering, moderate alpine climbing, wilderness hiking, scrambling, and alpine traverses. If you’re more interested in low-ratio, alpine rock climbing (5.4 and up), please check out our Adamants Granite climbing camp.

You’ll be sharing the Fairy Meadow hut and a camp cook with our Adamants Granite climbing camp. Food will be prepared at the hut by an experienced camp cook. We are able to accommodate most allergies, as well as vegetarian diets. Gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegan diets can be accommodated for a small surcharge.

While we make every effort to ensure that our meals are nourishing and as universally appealing as possible, the nature of the camp means that we are not able to cater to individual food preferences (likes and dislikes). We take medical dietary restrictions very seriously, and will be in contact with you to make accommodations for allergies.

Spend the evenings socializing in the comfortable Fairy Meadow hut. The fully stocked kitchen area, common room, upstairs sleeping area, and wood-burning sauna will comfortably accommodate your group. The low staff ratios and comfortable hut mean that you can choose your own pace, whether you need a rest day or want to challenge yourself on more technical terrain.

Photo by Ross McEwan

Past participants of this camp disagree whether the highlight of the camp was the experienced and friendly guiding staff, the spectacular hikes and summits, or the friendly, supportive atmosphere. If you’ve taken the camp before, we’d love to see you back to explore a new destination with us! If it’s your first time, come try it out, If you are over 55 and seeking company and challenges with others in this age range, this camp is for you!

  • “It was day one. No wait, it was day two. No, that’s not correct, it was day three. Or maybe day five. Day six? Do you see where I am going with this? Highlight every day.”
  • “great guides, really great guides.”
  • “All the peaks were fun!”
  • “Spending five days hiking with such a friendly, supportive group of new friends, in an area that I have never hiked before. An adventure I’ll never forget.”
  • “The guide knew the hikes, was well organized and a great communicator and was always concerned about our safety and enjoyment.”
- Past 55+ Camp Participants-

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

For those who would like to mountaineer: This camp is designed for people with some alpine climbing experience and basic rope-handling skills. You must have a good level of fitness, and be able to carry up to a 9 – 11kg (20 – 25lb) day pack for several hours. You must also be able to carry a heavier 35 – 40lb overnight pack into and out of the hut. For those who would prefer to hike: You must have a good level of fitness and be able to carry up to a 9 – 11kg (20 – 25lb) day pack for several hours. You must also be able to carry a heavier 35 – 40lb overnight pack into and out of the hut.

Camp Details

  • August 18th-25th, 2018
  • $2795 + tax
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Camp Itinerary

Day 1: Meet in Golden, and take shuttle to staging area. Fly in to Fairy Meadow Hut.

Day 2-7: climb (various objectives possible).

Day 8: Fly back out to staging area to meet shuttle, drive back to Golden.

Gear, Food & Lodging

  • Guiding throughout the camp
  • Accommodation at the Fairy Meadow Hut; Flight into and out of the hut.
  • Shuttle to and from Golden, B.C. to the staging area.
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 8
  • All group gear
  • Transportation to/from Golden, B.C.
  • Breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 8
  • Personal gear

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55+ Adamants Camp Staff

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.

Peter Amann

Peter has worked as a Mountain Guide in many ranges throughout western Canada. He works in many of the camps for the Alpine Club of Canada, including 25 years in the General Mountaineering Camp. He also works with training the Canadian Military’s Search and Rescue Technicians, worked as the Avalanche Forecaster at Marmot Basin for 18 years, and Lead Guide for Robson Helimagic for 6 seasons. Peter works as an instructor and examiner on the Hiking Guide programs for Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Peter has taught both Rock and Mountaineering courses for 35+ years and has guided many private ski touring and climbing parties. He presently spends the winter months as Avalanche Technician/Forecaster for Northwest Avalanche Solutions Ltd.