Women's Alpine Rock Climbing

Climb multipitch, alpine Rockies routes, learning within an all female environment and under the supervision of a fully certified ACMG guide.


The Rockies are famous for their long multipitch rock routes. What better way to expore them than in a low-ratio, all-female camp? What can you expect on this camp? Rock, rock, and more rock. Anything is on the table: from long, scrambly alpine ridges like the one on Mt. Lorette , to Rockies classics like Mt. Louis, Yamnuska, and Eisenhower Tower, up to hard quartzite multipitch routes on Castle Mountain.

This camp is based out of Canmore to give us the most possible flexibility based on participant goals, weather, and conditions. The 1:2 ratio climbing camp (with two full alpine guides and one apprentice) allows for the camp to split into small groups and cater to individual participants' climbing levels and goals. That means that the camp is suitable for almost anybody: we welcome experienced climbers who want to tackle harder, longer, or more challenging routes, but also encourage newer climbers to come out and give it a try!


The first day will be a warm-up cragging day. You'll meet your guides in the morning, carpool to a local climbing destination, and spend the day practicing movement skills, belaying, and ropework. That evening, you'll relax in the comfortable Boswell cabin at the Canmore clubhouse. Each of the four rooms sleeps two guests, so you'll have plenty of room to spread out and relax after your days' climbing (or make friends with your new climbing partners over a bottle of wine, if you prefer).

The next three days will depend on your goals. If you're interested in learning to lead, your guides will be happy to teach you topics like anchor-building, gear placement, routefinding, and movement skills. If it's your first time out and you just want a taste of multipitch climbing, you're more than welcome to relax and enjoy the challenge of pushing yourself physically and mentally.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

This program is designed for participants with previous climbing experience. You should be comfortable belaying and climbing outdoors at a minimum of 5.6.


  • August 31st - September 4th, 2018
  • $1850 + tax
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Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1: Cragging and group induction
  • Day 2 - 5: Multipitch, alpine rock climbing at various locations depending on group ability and preference

Gear, Food & Lodging

  • 2:1 guiding by an ACMG certified rock guide
  • Semi-private accommodation in the ACC's Boswell Cabin 
  • Ropes and group equipment
  • Transportation to/from Canmore and climbing areas (participants are expected to car pool)
  • All your meals
  • Personal gear (see Gear List)
  • National Park passes (if required)

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Women's Alpine Rock and Multipitch Climbing Staff

Kirsten Knechtel

Kirsten was raised in Banff, AB where her passion for the mountains and mountain adventure began. Kirsten’s family were outdoor enthusiasts and by the age of 6 she began ski racing, age 10 ski touring, and by age 14 she had climbed many classic alpine routes in the Canadian Rockies. Her career as a guide was a natural step. By age 25 she was a fully certified mountain guide.

Kirsten has a variety of guiding experience behind her. She has worked as a manager of a catskiing operation and guided many heliskiing, catskiing and private ski touring trips. In the summer she has worked with the British military training, run her own private guiding business and spent well over 10 years working at the Alpine Club’s General Mountaineering Camp, Marmot Women’s camps and other ACC programs.

“I really enjoy sharing my love of these wild mountain places and through teamwork and adventure giving people an amazing and unforgettable trip.”

Sarah Hueniken

Ever since I was 15, I understood what being challenged in the outdoors could offer me, and I sought this path to where I am today, where I am able to live it and share it daily. Currently I live in Canmore, Alberta and guide year round in the surrounding mountains. Ice and mixed climbing fill my winters and rock and alpine adventures compose the summer months. The majority of my work is private guiding, but I also run women-specific rock, ice and alpine camps every year with the emphasis on building the confidence and judgment required to be out front.