Roger's Pass Classics

Climb classic summits in the birthplace of North American mountaineering.

Although many people travel on the Trans Canada highway over Rogers Pass, relatively few people stop to explore the area. That wasn’t always the case: Glacier National Park, at the heart of Rogers Pass, was the second national park in Canada (after Banff); the birthplace of North American mountaineering; and a major feat of surveying to create a crucial east-west link through the Selkirk Mountains for the CPR in 1885.

Rediscover the history and natural beauty of this area on our new Rogers Pass Classics camp. The first two nights will be based out of the Hermit Meadows campground. On the first day, you’ll hike to the campground, review rope skills, and take in the spectacular view over the Asulkan Ridge to the south. From here, you’ll have a chance to summit Mt. Rogers (3169m), climb the spectacular buttresses on Mt. Tupper (2804m), attempt the Swiss Peaks Traverse; or climb beautiful rock to summit Mt. Sifton (2922m). On the third day, you’ll hike back to the car and drive to the Wheeler Hut. The next day, you’ll attempt the Abbot Traverse to the Sapphire Col hut; spend the night; then take the Jupiter traverse back to the Wheeler hut. On the last day, you’ll have a chance to climb Mt. Uto from the Wheeler hut (2927m). While the climbing on this trip is fairly moderate (between 4th class and 5.6), you can expect to be challenged with long days and exhilarating exposure. Your reward is the chance to stand on top of some of the classic peaks in Rogers Pass, to build skills and learn mountaineering techniques from professional ACMG guides, and to follow in the footsteps of over a hundred years of mountaineering history.

Meals are a combination of tasty, dehydrated backpacking meals provided by Happy Yak foods in Montreal, and pre-prepared meals and goodies provided by local Canmore caterers. We’re able to accommodate most allergies, medical dietary restrictions and vegetarian diets. Additional surcharges apply for vegan, lactose-free, or gluten-free diets. Participants are expected to help the camp staff with food preparation and kitchen chores. 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.

Level of Difficulty: Introductory

This camp is suitable for people with minimal mountaineering or alpine climbing experience. Some scrambling or glacier mountaineering experience will help you to get the most out of your camp. A basic knowledge of knots and rope skills will also be helpful, but is not required. You should be prepared to deal with exposure, be comfortable hiking uphill with an overnight pack, and be comfortable climbing 4th and low 5th class terrain with a daypack. A good level of fitness is necessary.


  •  July 21 - 25, 2018
  • $2,295 + tax
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Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1: Hike to Hermit campground; review rock movement and rope skills.
  • Day 2: Climb.
  • Day 3: Climb, then hike back to car and drive to the Wheeler hut.
  • Day 4: Abbot Traverse to the Sapphire Col hut.
  • Day 5: Jupiter traverse; return to car.

Gear, Food & Lodging

  • Guiding throughout the camp
  • All tents and group gear
  • Accommodation at the Wheeler Hut
  • Meals starting with lunch on day 1, ending with lunch on day 5
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Pass
  • All group gear
  • Daily transportation to/from the climbing areas (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool)
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts and Suppers
  • Personal gear (see equipment list in Info Pack - coming soon)

Rogers Pass Classics Staff

Derek Glowacki

Darek lives in Revelstoke. He is a certified ACMG - IFMGA Mountain Guide. He instructs and guides mountain adventures year-round and holds a special place in his heart for the beauty and solitude that can be found in the Selkirk Mountains.