Take yourself to new heights: whether they’re the first summits of your mountaineering career or the first summits of your season, come join us on the Wapta Icefield for four days of glacier mountaineering.
This hut-based camp is designed for members with no or limited mountaineering experience, or for members who want to shake off the winter cobwebs with a refresher course covering the basics. We cover the basics of glacier travel, and then put your new skills to work on the many peaks surrounding the Bow Hut. Possible objectives on this course include peaks like St. Nicholas, Olive, Gordon, Rhondda, Thompson, Portal and The Onion. Skills covered include the basics of roped glacier travel, crevasse rescue on a large rope team and holding a fall, how to self-arrest with a mountaineering axe, and walking with crampons. You’ll also talk about glacier morphology and how to choose the best line, and potentially have the chance to try some easy scrambling on the way to the summit. This year, we’ve improved the guide to client ratio and added an apprentice guide. This will let participants get more individualized attention, and make sure that you’ll come away with useful tips and tricks wherever your skills are at. We’ve also added two more dates to get as many people out into the mountains as possible! The First Summits camp is an annual favourite with our members, and fills up early each year. Sign up now to avoid missing out!
If looking for a place to stay over the course of this Camp, the ACC welcomes all participants to join them at the Clubhouse. We’re located just outside of Canmore with breath taking views of the surrounding mountains and a cozy kitchen and common area. You can reach us most hours at 1 (403) 678-3200.