Women's Climbing Camp presented by Marmot

A unique opportunity to climb and build skills in an all-woman setting

Photo by Sonja Findlater.

Let’s face it – there are certain undeniable differences between men and women that effect how we operate in a backcountry setting. Mixed groups of men and women are awesome, but there should also be opportunities for women to get out with just other women.

Designed and offered for women exclusively, this unique climbing camp provides an opportunity for women to work on summer leading skills and gain valuable mountaineering experience in the beautiful Columbia Icefield area. The instructional sessions will introduce all of the mountaineering skills that will be needed for our days in the mountains.

This year’s camp will be based out of the HI-Beauty Creek Wilderness Hostel, just a short distance from the world renowned glaciers and high peaks of this popular area. This area will allow for a variety of mountaineering efforts and will be the ideal place to hone the mountaineering skills of a fabulous group of women.

Photo by Sonja Findlater.

Daily activities will be organized and supervised by a female ACMG guide, and participants will be given the opportunity to plan daily trips, and to lead in the field according to their abilities. Participants will be encouraged to be a part of the decision making to build skills and enhance the learning experience.


Level of Difficulty: Moderate

This camp is designed for women with some mountaineering experience.  You must have a good level of fitness carry a 16 – 18kg (35 – 40lb) pack for several hours.


  • June 22nd - 26th, 2018
  • $1550 + tax
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Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1: Meet group at 9am at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Intro to snow, ice and glacier travel techniques.
  • Days 2 - 5: Potential objectives include: Climb Mt Athabasca, A2 mountain, work on rock climbing techniques at local cragging area, technical alpine rock scrambling and others. Our climbing days will be tailored to the skills and personal objectives of the group. Instructional sessions may include: crevasse rescue, rope ascending, rock anchors, ice anchors, movement skills with ice axe & crampons, self arrests, route finding on glaciers, ice climbing and alpine belay techniques.

Gear, Food & Lodging

  • ACMG certified guiding throughout the camp. The camp will be lead by female ACMG certified guides
  • Hostel accommodation at the camp at HI-Beauty Creek  (4 nights, June 24,25,26,27)
  • All meals starting with lunch on Day 1, ending with lunch on Day 5
  • All group gear
  • Transportation to/from the Columbia Icefield and to trailheads throughout the week. Carpooling is encouraged
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 5
  • Accommodation on Day 5
  • National Park Vehicle Gate Pass
  • Personal Gear (see equipment list in Info Pack)

Women's Climbing Camp Presented by Marmot Staff