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!